Astronomers are looking at the star KIC 8462852 after it was brought to their attention when people at PlanetHunters were labeling it “bizarre” and “curious”. The data comes from the Kepler space observatory that was studying the area for about four years. Kepler is no longer fully operational but there still a lot of data collected to go through. One likely explanation for the unusual readings could be massive clouds of comets orbiting this star. Another explanation could be megastructures built by an alien civilization. This star, also known as TYC 3162-665-1, is found 1481 light years away in the Cygnus constellation.
The Atlantic: The most mysterious star
New Scientist: Cloud of comets orbiting distant star
Popular Science: Megastructures built by aliens?
Independent: Astronomers may have found alien megastructures
Tabetha Boyajian @ ArXiv: KIC 8462852 – Where is the flux?
Jason Wright’s blog: AstroWright
Phil Plait @ Slate: Did Astronomers Find Evidence of an Alien Civilization?
Berkeley SETI Research Center
Green Bank Telescope
Reddit: SETI researchers set to examine KIC 8462852
Wikipedia: KIC 8462852 | Kepler | PlanetHunters | Green Bank Telescope | Dyson sphere
I just can’t get enough of this lost world. Humans, Neanderthals, Mammoths. A stone age Atlantis. All gone.
Daily Mail: Who lived on Britain’s Atlantis?
National Geographic: Doggerland – The Europe that was
Q-mag: Doggerland Lost
Spiegel Online: Pictures from the 3D reconstruction of Doggerland
Study: Mapping Doggerland
Wikipedia: Doggerland | Storegga Slide
The idea of a modular house is not new, the Nakagin Capsule Tower was built in 1972. But the concept could need an update. US company Kasita is doing that. Unlike similar container houses this does not look like a container and you can bring your home with you when you move.
Wikipedia: Nackagin Capsule Tower | Capsule hotel
There is a new Back to the Future documentary coming. Release date is October 21, 2015. If the date is not familiar, it’s the date Marty McFly visits in the second movie. They don’t seem to mention that alternative past that didn’t happen; Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly. Or did it? Looking forward to see this.
Back In Time Documentary
Space.com: Back to the Future Documentary
IMDb: Back in Time | Jason Aron
The Voyager spacecrafts carried a Golden record with sounds and pictures from Earth. You can listen to the sounds here:
BBC: To the Makers of Music – All Worlds, All Times
NASA @ Soundcloud
NASA / JPL: The Golden Record
Wikipedia: Voyager Golden Record | Contents of the Golden Record | Pioneer Plaque | Carl Sagan