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The universe has no "up"

New research from University College London suggests that the universe is indeed “isotropic,” the same in all directions. Cosmologists Daniela Saadeh and Andrew Pontzen analyzed cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation left over from the Big Bang for any patterns that would indicate “a special direction in space.” From the journal Science: There is no spin axis or any other special …

ET is that you? Astronomers detect intriguing signal 95 light-years away

Are we alone in the universe? An international group of astronomers has detected an interesting radio signal spike, one that could possibly be of alien origin, from a star system located 95 light-years away. Scientists who search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe, a field known as SETI, find the powerful signal unique enough to warrant permanent monitoring of the signal’s source. Few details have been …