Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center

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Name: Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated 19 hours ago - 3 reports

Tracking pollution in space may help in finding aliens

Washington, July 25 (ANI): A new study has revealed that that we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions, which would offer a new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).The study by theorists at ... [Published TruthDive - 19 hours ago]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Astronomers Discover Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year

Astronomers using NASA Kepler data have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b orbits its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our sun once every 780 days. Most of the more than 1,800 confirmed exoplanets ... [Published ASDNews.com: Be the first to know - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 25 2014 - Updated Jul 25 2014 - 1 reports

Pollution Could Be Key to Finding Extraterrestrial Life

Looking for pollution in exoplanet atmospheres may be a promising way to detect intelligent life, according to new research.   Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) say they might soon be able to "spot the fingerprints of ... [Published DailyMe.Com - Jul 25 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 4 reports

Can we find aliens by looking for their pollution?

In this artist’s conception, the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet displays a brownish haze – the result of widespread pollution. New research shows that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope potentially could detect certain pollutants, specifically ... [Published EarthSky - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 1 reports

Are we alone? Alien pollution might reveal the answer

Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers said Wednesday that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer. Under certain conditions, astronomers in the next decade might be able to detect ... [Published DailyMe.Com - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated Jul 24 2014 - 2 reports

‘Rare’ exoplanet discovered

A stronomers have discovered an exoplanet that orbits its star every 704 days, the longest known year for an exoplanet, according to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.Kepler 421-b orbits a star about 1,000 light years from Earth at the “frost ... [Published Durango Herald - Jul 24 2014]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated Jul 23 2014 - 1 reports

To Find Aliens, We Should Look for Industrial, Polluted Wastelands

Artist's impression of an exoplanet. Image:  Luciano Mendez.The subject of extraterrestrial life tends to bring out both our inner utopianists and dystopianists. In fiction, aliens are usually depicted as either extremely cute and benevolent (E.T.-style) ... [Published Motherboard Magazine - Jul 23 2014]
First reported Jul 22 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 2 reports

Newly Discovered Exoplanet Takes 704 Days to Circle Its Star

This past July 21, astronomers with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center of Astrophysics announced the discovery of a previously unknown exoplanet. The celestial body was discovered using NASA's Kepler spacecraft, hence the fact that it is now known as Kep ... [Published Softpedia - Jul 22 2014]
First reported Jul 22 2014 - Updated Jul 22 2014 - 4 reports

Transiting Exoplanet With Longest Known Year Discovered By Kepler Mission

Image Caption: This artist's conception shows the Uranus-sized exoplanet Kepler-421b, which orbits an orange, type K star about 1,000 light-years from Earth. Kepler-421b is the transiting exoplanet with the longest known year, circling its star once every ... [Published Red Orbit - Jul 22 2014]
First reported Jul 21 2014 - Updated Jul 21 2014 - 1 reports

64% Of Surveyed Scientists Have Experienced Harassment During Fieldwork

A study released last week in the scientific journal  PLOS One provided a horrifying glance behind the curtain of academic fieldwork. In their study, the scientists surveyed others scientists who were involved with in-the-field research about incidents ... [Published Smithsonian Magazine - Jul 21 2014]
First reported Jul 11 2014 - Updated Jul 11 2014 - 4 reports

Great Ball of Fire: Russian Space Trash Flies Over Australia

A ball of fiery space junk shoots over Australia and people think it's a meteorA fireball flew through the Australian sky Thursday night.The object, approximately the size of a small truck, was debris from a Russian Soyuz rocket, CNN reports . The rocket ... [Published Time - Jul 11 2014]
First reported Jul 10 2014 - Updated Jul 11 2014 - 2 reports

Jellyfish in the sky was a high-flying rocket plume

(Image: Roskosmos)Deep in the sea or high in the sky? A Russian Soyuz rocket produced this eerie jellyfish-like plume as it climbed up through the thin air of near space.Soon after launch on the morning of Tuesday 8 July, clear weather at the Russian ... [Published New Scientist - Jul 10 2014]

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There’s a snag, however, admits the paper’s lead author, Harvard’s Henry Lin. Such pollution could actually be "the sign of unintelligent life, since it’s not smart to contaminate your own air" . Whatever. Watch – as they say – this space. First, the bad news. Just 0...
"I think we're finally free and clear to build onon that site" Dr
"We consider industrial pollution as a sign of intelligent life, but perhaps civilizations more advanced than us, with their own SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) programs, will consid..."
"If you don't see the short-lived ones, you may be looking at the ruins of a civilization that killed itself" said Harvard co-author Avi Loeb

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[tt] NYT: More Eyes on the Skies [Published TranshumanTech - Jul 25 2014]
Astronomers Discover Transiting Exoplanet with ... [Published ASDNews.com: Be the first to know - Jul 25 2014]
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SETI: The Pollution Factor [Published Centauri Dreams - Jul 24 2014]
Looking for ET's Industrial Pollution on Alien ... [Published Discovery Channel - Jul 24 2014]
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Kepler Discovers Exoplanet With Longest Known Y... [Published Value Walk - Jul 24 2014]
Are we alone? Alien pollution might reveal the ... [Published DailyMe.Com - Jul 24 2014]
Scientists could finally find extraterrestrial ... [Published Grist - the Latest from Grist - Jul 24 2014]
Using Pollution To Locate Extraterrestrial Life [Published Red Orbit - Jul 24 2014]
Scientist to measure space pollution in attempt... [Published East African Standard - Jul 24 2014]
Tracking pollution in space can help find aliens [Published ProKerala.com - Jul 24 2014]
‘Rare’ exoplanet discovered [Published Durango Herald - Jul 24 2014]
Newly discovered planet has longest year yet [Published 3 News - Jul 24 2014]
Deep in the beat [Published Harvard University Gazette - Jul 24 2014]
New Gaseous Planet Discovered Past Snow Line [Published Value Walk - Jul 24 2014]
Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterre... [Published Slashdot - Jul 23 2014]
Researchers: Our best shot for finding aliens i... [Published Salon - Jul 23 2014]
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704 days: Exoplanet discovered with longest kno... [Published Florida Today - Jul 23 2014]
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Targeting alien polluters [Published Harvard Gazette - Jul 23 2014]
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[tt] NYT: More Eyes on the Skies [Published TranshumanTech - Jul 25 2014]
More Eyes on the Skies http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/science/space/more-eyes-on-the-skies.html By DENNIS OVERBYEThe future, it is often said, belongs to those who plan for it. Andastronomers have been busy working the proverbial smoke-filled room ...
Astronomers Discover Transiting Exoplanet with ... [Published ASDNews.com: Be the first to know - Jul 25 2014]
Astronomers using NASA Kepler data have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b orbits its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our sun once every 780 days. Most of the more than 1,800 confirmed exoplanets ...
SETI: The Pollution Factor [Published Centauri Dreams - Jul 24 2014]
We tend to assume that our mistakes as a species flag us as immature, a young civilization blundering about with tools it is misusing on a course that may lead to extinction. But assume for a moment that an intelligent extraterrestrial civilization ...
Can we find aliens by looking for their pollution? [Published EarthSky - Jul 24 2014]
In this artist’s conception, the atmosphere of an Earth-like planet displays a brownish haze – the result of widespread pollution. New research shows that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope potentially could detect certain pollutants, specifically ...
Scientists could finally find extraterrestrial ... [Published Grist - the Latest from Grist - Jul 24 2014]
My flying saucer? Yeah, it’s a hemi . Or at least scientists involved with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (a.k.a. SETI) hope so. Thanks to a wizbang new telescope, researchers will soon be able to detect life on other planets by observing ...
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