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Wednesday, September 03, 2008
A rather bizarre paper was posted on the astro-ph arXiv today. In it (well from the abstract that I've read) the authors propose that a sufficiently advance civilisation could have the means and desire to add phase modulations to Cepheid variable stars as a way of broadcasting signals over a large distance. They suggest that we should therefore try looking for such non-natural modulations in the large collection of Cepheid observations that have been made over the past 100 years. Now I don't want to suggest that this is a silly idea, but the reason I point out this article is because I like the termed they've coined for such a civilisation of Cepheid manipulators - they call them the "star-ticklers".
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Wow, any paper called "The Cepheid Galactic Internet" gets my attention. It must be a slow science day or something!ReplyDelete
I saw this one too: http://arxiv.org/abs/0809.0209ReplyDelete
Definitely silly season...
By the way, it's John, but for some reason Google is making me anonymous.
Yep, I noticed the Usain Bolt one as well.ReplyDelete