Before the Big Bang to the Search for Life Not as We Know It (The Galaxy Report-Weekend Feature)

 

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This week’s report from the Cosmos brings amazing stories ranging from What Existed Before the Big Bang to Forms of Consciousness We Can’t Recognize to World’s Scientists Share Their Expectations for the James Webb Space Telescope.

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Stephen Hawking’s 80th Birthday -Google’s Memorial Video (Weekend Feature)

It’s been said that Newton gave us answers; Stephen Hawking gave us questions.  In his famous lecture on “Life in the Universe”, our era’s greatest theoretical physicist, who was laid to rest in 2018 in Scientists’ Corner at Westminster Abbey, between Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, asked one of his most profound questions: “What are the chances that we will encounter some alien form of life, as we explore the galaxy?”

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Introducing “The Galaxy Report” YouTube Channel

 

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“The Galaxy Report” YouTube Channel is here to bring you breaking intergalactic stories that shake the fabric of space time. Join Nicole Butscher on weekly adventures to create a deep playlist that includes human and AI evolution, the great questions of astrophysics, the search for advanced extraterrestrial life, cosmology, hard-science fiction and film, and the known and unknown mysteries of the Cosmos.

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Astronomers Probe the Dark-Matter Backbone of the Universe

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“The first galaxies in the early universe may illuminate what type of dark matter we have today,” says Mark Vogelsberger, associate professor of physics in MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research about one of the great mysteries of modern physics. “Either we see this filament pattern, and fuzzy dark matter is plausible, or we don’t, and we can rule that model out. We now have a blueprint for how to do this.”

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The Extraterrestrial-Contact Paradox 

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British physicist Stephen Wolfram believes extraterrestrial intelligent life is inevitable, but with a caveat. Although intelligent life is inevitable, we will never find it -at least not by searching in the Milky Way. Wolfram points out that in order to compress more and more information into our communication signals – be they mobile phone conversations or computers – we remove all redundancy or pattern. If anything in a signal repeats, then it can be deleted. But this process of removing any pattern from a signal makes the signal look more and more random – in fact, pretty much like the random radio “noise” that rains down on Earth coming from stars and interstellar gas clouds.

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Stephen Hawking’s Warning –“Treating AI as Science Fiction Would Potentially Be Our Worst Mistake Ever”

 

“We should plan ahead,” warned physicist Stephen Hawking who died March, 2018, and was buried next to Isaac Newton. “If a superior alien civilization sent us a text message saying, ‘We’ll arrive in a few decades,’ would we just reply, ‘OK, call us when you get here, we’ll leave the lights on’? Probably not, but this is more or less what has happened with AI.”

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