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Are we sending aliens the right messages?

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via BBC:

Despite decades of sending sounds and pictures into space no aliens have responded. Have we been doing it wrong? Tracey Logan investigates, and discovers some novel attempts to make contact – including the smells of our planet.

Artist Carrie Paterson has long dreamed of beaming messages far out to the emptiness of space. Except her messages would have an extra dimension – smell.

By broadcasting formulae of aromatic chemicals, she says, aliens could reconstruct all sorts of whiffs that help to define life on Earth: animal blood and faeces, sweet floral and citrus scents or benzene to show our global dependence on the car. This way intelligent life forms on distant planets who may not see or hear as we do, says Paterson, could explore us through smell, one of the most primitive and ubiquitous senses of all.

Her idea is only the latest in a list of attempts to hail intelligent life outside of the Solar System.

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Did A British Television Viewer Capture A Subliminal, Encoded Message?

A hoax? Subliminal HMV advertising? Or the passing of a ciphered message? It’s anyone’s guess. Who Forted? writes:

A television viewer thought he noticed something odd flash across the screen last evening, and lucky for us, his DVR was running and he was able to post the strange capture…a “very weird subliminal message”.

The flash, which was broadcast on Comedy Central during a commercial break, contains a huge block of text impossible to read unless paused, with several of the words highlighted as though important. Even weirder is that it seems to be an ode to financially troubled record store HMV. The highlighted words are VOICE, MEMORIES, COLLECTION, JOY, EXPERIENCE, and PROGRESS.

Some [believe] the bits could be part of a modern day “numbers station”, a sort of updated version of the radio signals used by spies to relay information to those who knew how to decipher it.

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