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By Miriam Kramer, SPACE.com
A group of scientists, businessmen and entrepreneurs are tired of waiting around for E.T. to get in touch.
Instead of passively listening for signs of intelligent life in the universe, the Lone Signal project is asking everyone with an Internet connection to help beam messages into outer space in an attempt to make our presence in the universe known.
When Lone Signal goes live late in the day on June 17, it will mark humanity’s first-ever attempt to send continuous messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence, officials said. [10 Wildest Ways to Contact Aliens]
A focused approach
Scientists working with Lone Signal have picked out a particular spot in space. All messages sent through the company’s network will be transmitted to a star system called Gliese 526, which is located about 17.6 light-years from Earth.
How to take part
You can participate in the project in a variety of ways, according to Lone Signal officials:
  • Share Beams/Track Beams: Once signed in, users can see how far their beam has traveled from Earth as well as share this information with others.
  • Dedicate Beams: Friends and family can dedicate a beam to loved ones
  • Explore: The Explore section gives beamers current data on the Lone Signal beam, who is sending messages, from where on Earth and other information.
  • Blog/Twitter – The Lone Signal science team and other contributors will post opinion articles and share science news and updates via social media.
The initial text-only message is free, but you can buy an unlimited number of text and photo messages that will be queued up and sent into space, officials said. After the first free communication, a text message costs one credit and a photo message costs three. Four credits can be purchased for $0.99.
You can learn more about this initiative on the Lone Signal website.

 

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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