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‘Little Green Men’ SETI signal in 1967 focus of new scientific paper – Open Minds UFO News

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The LGM case was unique in that it sparked discussion amongst SETI scientist to set protocols for how to release the discovery of potential ET signals to the public, and how to verify they are indeed ET in origin. It was also unique in that although

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‘Little Green Men’ SETI signal in 1967 focus of new scientific paper

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A recent paper in the European Physical Journal highlights a case in 1967 in which mysterious radio signals were discovered by radio astronomers. The possibility of the signals being of extraterrestrial origins caused the astronomers to seriously consider how they would release the information to the public, or if it would be best to bury the information in fear of the temptation to contact potentially hostile ETs. In fact, they were so intrigued by the idea of the signal being ET in origin they dubbed it the LGM signal for “little green men.”

The LGM case was unique in that it sparked discussion amongst SETI scientist to set protocols for how to release the discovery of potential ET signals to the public, and how to verify they are indeed ET in origin. It was also unique in that although the signals were mysterious and lead to an important discovery, the discovery was not of a message from extraterrestrials, but instead the group had discovered pulsars for the first time.

The paper, titled, The SETI Episode in the 1967 Discovery of Pulsars, is authored by Alan Penny from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In the abstract, Penny writes, “Although their investigations lead them to a natural explanation (they had discovered pulsars), they had discussed the implications if it was indeed an artificial source: how to verify such a conclusion and how to announce it, and whether such a discovery might be dangerous.”

Jocelyn Bell and the radio telescope used to discover the LGM signal.

Jocelyn Bell and the radio telescope used to discover the LGM signal.

The LGM signals in question were received in the winter of 1967 by radio astronomers at the University of Cambridge. One of the graduate students who worked on the project, Jocelyn Bell, was the first to discover the signals. According to Discovery News, one of the reasons it was mysterious is that no signal like it was every recorded before, and it “mimicked the signature of manmade radar transmissions.” Bell wrote in her thesis, “The possibility that the signals were from some intelligent civilization in the universe was not ruled out: hence the unfortunate nickname ‘little green men’.”

Another group member, John Pilkington said, “We were using the resources that we had to examine a weak and unreliable signal that could have been interference, or equipment malfunction, or a previously unrecognized ‘natural’ phenomenon, or LGM [Little Green Men]. They [LGM] were always a possibility, with awesome implications, but they didn’t really drive the investigation.”

The group leader, Martin Ryle, later wrote how seriously the potential  ET origins of the signal were taken when he wrote, “Our first idea was that other intelligent beings were trying to establish contact with us.” He goes on to say that, in the beginning, their investigation began producing data that supported the ET hypothesis.

Facing these extraordinary possibilities, they first felt it was important not to leak their suspicions. They felt the ensuing media frenzy would hamper their research. The scientists in the office next door didn’t even hear of their discovery, or their consideration of the idea that they had discovered the first extraterrestrial “Hello”, until their paper came out. Meanwhile, the scientist wrestled with who to contact, how, or even if. Ryle was very concerned with the implications of contacting an ET civilization. In fact, he had written to Frank Drake, after Drake had sent a signal to space, warning it could be “very hazardous to reveal our existence and location to the Galaxy; for all we know, any creatures out there might be malevolent – or hungry.” So the group had seriously considered keeping their discovery secret so that no other scientist would be as fool hardy as Drake and possibly endanger the planet.

After keeping the signal under their hat for several weeks, and seeking verification, the team eventually discovered that the LGM signal was actually an astronomical phenomenon, and this lead to the LGM actually being the first detection of pulsars. Although this wasn’t an extraterrestrial signal, it did inspire the creation of SETI protocols on how to deal with the discovery of actual ET signals.

Alan Penny

Alan Penny (credit: University of St. Andrews)

Penny writes:

This episode is an early ‘real-life’ example of dealing with concerns of subsequent SETI work: how to test and confirm a SETI discovery, how to announce it, and whether sending a message out is dangerous. The process they went through remarkably presages many aspects of that codi?ed by the SETI community team 23 years later in the ‘SETI Detection Protocols’ (IAA SETI Group 1990) and 37 years later in proposals (IAA SETI Group 2004) for dealing with sending signals out in the ’Proposed SETI Reply Protocols’.

You can download Penny’s paper here: http://arxiv.org/pdf/1302.0641v1.pdf

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Do UFO Hunters Still Report “Men In Black” Sightings? – Slate Magazine (blog)

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Do UFO Hunters Still Report “Men In Black” Sightings?
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That comic book series was in turn inspired by actual reports of clandestine, black-clad figures, reports that date back several decades and are an integral part of UFO folklore. The producers of Men in Black III are even attempting to cash in on that
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‘Men in Black 3′ aliens featurette

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New ‘Men in Black 3′ featurette

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‘Men In Black’ on security footage after UFO sighting – Examiner.com

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'Men In Black' on security footage after UFO sighting
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It seems perhaps there really are men in black operating in the US After a recent UFO sighting in Maryland, men wearing all black showed up, and security cameras in a hotel lobby captured them on film. Oddly enough, these visitors were tall and pale
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‘Men in Black 3′ retro aliens revealed

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By Robbie Graham Silver Screen Saucers

Legendary monster make-up artist Rick Baker spoke enthusiastically at last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con about his alien creature designs for the upcoming Men in Black 3. As sizable chunks of the time-travel-themed movie are set in 1969, Baker said he had been allowed to indulge his passion for retro alien beasties, telling his Comic-Con audience:
“Right from the first movie, I was always saying to Barry [Sonnenfeld], ‘Let’s do aliens that look like aliens we’ve already seen… Let’s say that Paul Blaisdell, who did the effects for Invasion of the Saucer Men, actually had a real encounter with an alien and tried to recreate it on film, so there are saucer men in the Men in Black headquarters. And let’s have E.T. in there, operating the phone.’ Barry didn’t like any of those ideas, he thought they were stupid. But when Men in Black 3 came along and I heard about the time-travel element, I said, ‘Okay, it’s set in 2012, so we’ll have aliens that look like 2012 aliens in that part of the film. But when we go back to 1969, wouldn’t it be cool to have retro aliens? Big brains, bug eyes, stuff like that?’ I thought they should have a totally different, retro feel. And they agreed to it, thank God. So I got to make a whole bunch of cool stuff.”

Well, here we are in March, 2012, with just two months to go before the movie’s release, and finally we’re afforded a glimpse at the fruits of Baker’s labour. These photos come to you via Russia’s Stark Industries

It seems Baker has been true to his word about drawing inspiration from Invasion of the Saucer Men, which helped popularise the term “little green men” in 1957. 1953’s Robot Monster also gets a nod!
Men in Black 3 hits cinemas May 25.

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‘Gods Without Men,’ a Novel by Hari Kunzru – New York Times

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'Gods Without Men,' a Novel by Hari Kunzru
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Hari Kunzru's latest novel, “Gods Without Men,” reads like an unlikely mash-up of David Mitchell's willfully complex 2004 novel, “Cloud Atlas,” and Steven Spielberg's classic 1977 UFO movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” seasoned with some
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