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Close encounters of the very dof kind await alien visitors to Earth

You’d have to question the brains of any alien who journeyed here, but wait till they get a load of Donald and Lindiwe

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According to scientists at the University of Nottingham, there are at least 36 intelligent alien civilisations currently living in our galaxy. They make no mention of non-intelligent alien civilisations, in which beings wear red caps reading MAKE THE MILKY WAY GREAT AGAIN, but I assume they’re out there, too.

The paper, published on Monday in The Astrophysical Journal, uses “galactic star formation histories, metallicity distributions, and the likelihood of stars hosting Earth-like planets in their habitable zones, under specific assumptions”. It also makes an extremely strong argument that when it comes to funding silliness, the hard sciences need never step back for the humanities.

For alien-watchers, however, there is some bad news. The authors of the paper explain that those 36 civilisations are, on average, 17,000 light years away, which means we’re hopelessly too far away from them to detect them or to intercept their communications. ..

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