The Fermi Paradox: Looking for Smoke Signals in a Cell Phone Universe

The Fermi Paradox has plagued folks who ponder the possibility of intelligent extraterrestrial life ever since Enrico Fermi asked the question, “Where is everybody?” I think it’s time we admit how presumptuous his question is. Recently, I read another xenophobic article by Gary Bates, entitled (rather unimaginatively) The Fermi Paradox. One of his points is…

The Fermi Paradox and SETI’s Dead Reckoning?

A new study attempting to refine or update the Drake Equation, a simplistic formula for calculating the number of detectable intelligent civilizations in our galaxy, has concluded that if we pick up alien radio transmissions, “the transmissions arriving at Earth may come from distant civilizations long extinct, while civilizations still alive are sending signals yet…

The Wow! Signal Gets An Answer

The Wow! signal was a strong narrowband radio signal received by Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope on August 15, 1977. The signal lasted fir 72 secinds and was 30 times stronger than background emmissions. Upon reviewing the data a few days kater, astronomer Jerry R. Ehman discovered the anomaly and wrote “Wow!” next…