The grand question as to whether or not we are alone in the universe has been asked and answered just about as many times as any other inquiry this planet has ever seen, and this week a new twist to the tale has arrived.
For many, the most compelling piece of evidence of extraterrestrial life has been the simple math of it all. The universe is just too large for us to be alone.
But, if you wanted something a little more concrete to hang your hat on, China may have just made an incredible discovery.
China said its giant Sky Eye telescope may have picked up signs of alien civilizations, according to a report by the state-backed Science and Technology Daily, which then appeared to have deleted the report and posts about the discovery.
The narrow-band electromagnetic signals detected by Sky Eye — the world’s largest radio telescope — differ from previous ones captured and the team is further investigating them, the report said, citing Zhang Tonjie, chief scientist of an extraterrestrial civilization search team co-founded by Beijing Normal University, the National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the University of California, Berkeley.
But something fishy was also afoot, as is customary when it comes to the Chinese government.
It isn’t clear why the report was apparently removed from the website of the Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of China’s science and technology ministry, though the news had already started trending on social network Weibo and was picked up by other media outlets, including state-run ones.