This Month in JBIS: November 2019

From the Foundations of Interstellar Studies Workshop II, 2019:

Introduction by Kelvin F Long, Harold ‘Sonny’ White & Rob Swinney: An introduction and overview of the sec­ond Foundations of Interstellar Studies Workshop (FISW2) that took place in the village of Charfield, United Kingdom, during June 2019.

Implications for SETI of Dark Matter by Gary S. Robertshaw: This paper reviews the evidence for Dark Matter, which may create cyclical extinction events that foster the emergence of intelligent life.

Interstellar Probes: The Benefits to Astronomy and Astrophysics by Kelvin F. Long: Long range astronomical observations in the field of have opened up our understanding of the Universe. This paper discusses the idea of direct reconnaissance of nearby stellar systems, using robotic probes. This work is in support of Project Starshot; an effort to send a Gram-scale probe towards another star at 0.2c within the next two decades, and return images and other data to the Earth.

Advances in Mach Effect Gravitational Assist (MEGA) Drive Experimentation by H. Fearn & J. F. Woodward: The Mach Effect Gravitational Assist (MEGA) device is an electronic propulsion system which employs Mach’s principle and utilizes fluctuations in the internal energy of an accelerating object to produce a force.

Is The Kuiper Belt Inhabited? by Gregory L. Matloff: Alien space habitats in the Kuiper Belt could be detected by infrared or visible light transmissions. The probability of our outer solar system being colonized in the distant past is not small, and artifacts of failed or abandoned colonization attempts might be discovered.

There’s No Place like Home (In Our Own Solar System): Searching for ET near White Dwarfs by John Gertz: Any civilization residing around a G-type star will face extinction when its star enters the sub-giant, red giant, planetary nebula, and white dwarf stages. It might be best to remain in the home solar system, which leads to the conclusion that sub-giants, red giants, planetary nebula, and white dwarfs are the best possible candidate targets for SETI observations.


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