Alien 'Footprints': Scientist Rethinks Hunt for E.T.

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Any intelligent extraterrestrial life that exists probably will not announce alone by blowing up the White House, or get over the hearts of young children as a lovable alien with a glowing finger. Many scientists simply hope to find evidence of them by scanning the skies for a radio sign from a distant star's alien civilization. But such attempts might also risk overlooking clues of previous alien exercise correct right here on Earth.

If aliens did leave their mark on Earth by some wild likelihood, we could search for the achievable "footprints" of alien technological innovation or even analyze the DNA of terrestrial organisms for indicators of intelligent messages or tinkering. Such a CSI-design forensics search could complement, fairly than substitute, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) astronomers who continue to look skyward, said Paul Davies, a physicist and cosmologist at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

"My proposals intention to spread the stress from a modest band of heroic radio astronomers to the whole scientific community," Davies explained. "Jobs like genomic SETI are an attempt to enhance radio SETI, not undermine it."

Davies would like scientists to broaden their pondering about how aliens could have left behind their mark. Acquiring worked with SETI for three decades, he has created about his concepts in a book, "The Eerie Silence" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010) and content such as one that appeared in the online August edition of the journal Acta Astronautica. [5 Bold Claims of Alien Life]

But Davies does not assume such smart alien life should automatically exist. And his numerous years of supporting SETI have not stopped him from describing the needle-in-a-haystack search as "a search with no any clue as to whether there is a needle there at all, or how huge the haystack may possibly be."

To their credit, SETI astronomers have not disregarded the choices outside of extraterrestrials deliberately beaming a concept straight at Earth. Suggestions over the previous fifty years include extraterrestrial radio targeted traffic that occurs to pass by, or a highly effective radio or optical beacon that sweeps the Milky Way galaxy like a lighthouse.

A extremely sophisticated alien civilization could have developed large astro-engineering jobs referred to as Dyson spheres to directly faucet the power of stars. By placing a shell of material close to a host star, aliens would not only entice considerably of the star's heat, but also produce a unique infrared signature that Earth astronomers could detect.

Just as Earth sends out robotic explorers, an alien civilization could have left behind dormant probes at strategic areas such as in the asteroid belt ( via ).