TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR – THE MYSTERY CALLED LIFE
Stephen Hawking announced ‘biggest ever’ probe into alien or extraterrestrial life. The possibility of existence of ‘intelligent’ life in our vast universe of unknown dimensions tickles imagination of man and yet chances of such discovery are very slim. Time and Space are two immaterial dimensions that impose restrictions on man’s ability to interact with ‘intelligent’ life that may or may not exist in rest of our universe, or ‘JAGAT’ which keeps moving at a great speed that cannot be captured by human imagination. In my view, Stars remain “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and man has no option other than singing, “How, I Wonder What You Are?”
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STEPHEN HAWKING ANNOUNCES ‘BIGGEST EVER’ PROBE INTO ALIEN LIFE
LONDON — World renowned scientist Stephen Hawking and entrepreneur Yuri Milner announced what is described as the biggest ever investigation into whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe here Monday.
JANE ONYANGA-OMARA, USA TODAY JULY 20, 2015
Left to right: Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking, Martin Rees, Frank Drake, Ann Druyan and Geoff Marcy attend a press conference on the Breakthrough Life in the Universe Initiatives, hosted by Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking, at The Royal Society on July 20, 2015 in London, England. (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson, Getty Images for Breakthrough Initiatives)
LONDON — World renowned scientist Stephen Hawking and entrepreneur Yuri Milner announced what is described as the biggest ever investigation into whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe.
Announcing the $100 million project Monday, the Breakthough Initiatives division at the Royal Society — the U.K’s national academy of science — said it would be “the most powerful, comprehensive and intensive” such search ever to be conducted.
The 10-year project, which will include access to the powerful Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Parkes Telescope in New South Wales, Australia, will include surveying the million stars closest to Earth, and will cover 10 times more sky than previous projects, the investigators said.
In a statement, Milner said the scientists wanted to bring “the Silicon Valley approach” to the search for intelligent life.
At the launch event, Hawking said: “Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching these lights of ours, aware of what they mean,” according to the BBC.
“Or do our lights wander a lifeless cosmos — unseen beacons, announcing that here, on one rock, the Universe discovered its existence. Either way, there is no bigger question. It’s time to commit to finding the answer — to search for life beyond Earth.
“We are alive. We are intelligent. We must know.”
Breakthrough Initiatives said that all data from the project will be available to the public, who will be able to add to it and develop their own applications to analyze the material.
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