The Truth About China's Telescope Detecting Alien Radio Signals

Plus: A roasted comet, Albert Einstein's general relativity theory explained, a crypto bro headed to space, feral cats pushing a marsupial to the brink of extinction and much more! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
                                                                                                                                                                               
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Hello hello,

A strange story has been making rounds on the internet. You might’ve seen it. It is quite literally a conjecture that China’s Sky Eye Telescope could have caught signals from extraterrestrial life.

And on that note, our science editor Jackson Ryan — self-proclaimed party pooper but truly the science hero we need — has an update: No. I repeat, no, China did not find proof of alien life and you can read our top story linked above for all the facts and receipts on the matter.

Great. Now that we have that settled, here’s something I bet you didn’t want to think about this morning.

Time is an illusion, you’re falling through space right now as the Earth blocks your descent and black holes are nearly ripping apart a combo of both the facade of time and the space we inhabit. Enter, general relativity.

In our story linked below, you can stumble down the general relativity rabbit hole. Get ready to feel slightly unsettled — physically and mentally — as you uncover Albert Einstein’s theory of the universe’s true nature. Yet another reminder that…humans are terribly, terribly small in the grand scheme of, well, everything ever.

If you’re a basketball fan, you might be interested in new research that suggests a strange reason the Boston Celtics might’ve lost the NBA Finals Game 6. Scientists conducted a study on jet lag that has some footing, though there are some important caveats. Either way, it’s intriguing enough to get me — who is absolutely not a basketball fan in the slightest — to google and research NBA statistics. So I do recommend.

We also have the inside scoop on the crypto community’s latest headline. They’re sending a “dude perfect” YouTuber aboard a Blue Origin rocket to space. A rare near-sun comet also “roasted to death” in space and all I could think about was a burnt marshmallow meant for some s’mores. This is just the tip of the iceberg — there’s so much more on our site and linked below!

📧The Mailbag📧


Terry asks: What are some of the findings from the Stardust spacecraft that were collected from the comet Wild 2?

Hey Terry! Hope you’re doin’ well. There are a couple of really interesting findings from NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, which launched way back in 1999 and sampled the comet, Wild 2. There were a wide range of chemical compositions and structures in the comet, which suggest such flying rocks have materials from many different regions of space. There were also a bunch of different organic compounds detected, which interestingly were pretty similar to interplanetary meteorites and dust particles. And finally, there was the surprising finding of the compound glycine. This one’s big. Glycine is an amino acid that’s considered a fundamental building block of life — and this was the first time such a building block was found in a comet!

Thanks for the Q!

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Enim scientia et astra!

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Monisha Ravisetti Monisha Ravisetti
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