SETI has spent over 20 years searching for a signal that would indicate the presence of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. An Australian astrophysicist may have finally found it.

Ragbir Bhathal has been careful, however. He spent months checking his equipment, making sure the signal wasn’t a random glitch caused by some malfunction. He has also been checking the same co-ordinates of the night sky on an almost daily basis since, hoping to pick up the signal again.

In 2000, the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke advised Bhathal to “let the better spectrum, light” drive his search for extraterrestrial life, so while most SETI hunters look for TV or radio signals, Bhathal’s OZ OSETI project is the only one in his part of the world that searches for life by looking for signals in the optical spectrum.

In the May 9th edition of The Australian, Greg Callaghan quotes Bhathal as saying, “NASA is already using lasers for space communication and it’s not unrealistic to imagine that an extraterrestrial intelligence might be using them as well. It is risky to judge everything by our own technology.”

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Three of your favorite women will be presenting at our Dreamland Festival in June. Marla Frees will be doing what she calls a “gallery reading,” in which she picks out people in an audience that she has intuitions about. She will also be available for individual readings. Linda Moulton Howe will, for the first time, link newly discovered secret documents to attempts to back engineer alien technology involving crop circles. Anne Strieber, who last year at the Festival refuted most of the “accepted” knowledge about the alien Visitors among us, will this year give a sort of reading herself: she will answer questions from audience members about their UFO and Visitor experiences, based on the information she learned from the half a million letters that Whitley received after publishing “Communion.” She has become a kind of “walking encyclopedia” of UFO knowledge, and can tell you if other people have experienced the same things YOU have. She did this in Vancouver and can do it for you!

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