The discovery of extraterrestrial life has come one step closer to the breakthrough of Scottish scientists.
A tool has been developed that measures the level of arousal generated by possible extraterrestrial signals.
It was compared with the Richter scale, which is used for calculating the size of earthquakes – suitable to detect extraterrustrials, sending shockwaves over the planet.
The tool used by Dr. Ing. Duncan Forgan's team at the University of St Andrews & # 39; Center for Exoplanet Science was created, Facebook and Twitter were inspired ̵
It's an updated version of the Rio Scale, the astronomers since Used in 2001 to communicate observations to the public.
With the modern world of 24 hour news and social media, it redefines the extent of alien detection, says the team.
It takes into account the consequences for humans when the signal comes from aliens, as well as the likelihood that it really is is of them and not a natural phenomenon or made by humans.
The scale, called Rio 2.0, gives a score between zero and ten, so that the public can quickly see how important a signal really is.
Dr. Forgan said, "What are the consequences for the human race when we encounter extraterrestrial intelligence? If you see a story about aliens on TV or on the Internet, how excited should you be?"
In the International Journal of astrobiology, the tool gives a score between zero and ten, so that the public can quickly see how important a signal is
alien hunting pioneer dr. Jill Tarter, co-founder of the Mountain Institute for Research and Sciences (SETI) Institute, Mountain View, California, said: "The world knows the Richter scale to quantify the severity of an earthquake, reported immediately after a quake and then refined, as more data is consolidated.
"The SETI community is attempting to create a scale that can accompany reports of any claims about the discovery of extraterrestrial intelligence and that it can be refined over time. Data becomes available.
"This scale should convey both the significance and the credibility of the claimed evidence.
" Rio 2.0 is an attempt to update the scale to make it more useful and compatible with current forms of information dissemination and to provide the public the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the scale.
In recent years, many dubious signals have been reported as "aliens", and learning the truth about these stories is becoming increasingly difficult, so an updated Rio scale is needed.
Dr. Forgan said in connection with An increase in efforts to discover extraterrestrial intelligence by teams all over the world is making the Rio scale more necessary than ever, and it must remain relevant when reporting to the public on "alien signals."
Skala's team aims to reach consensus on academic disciplines when classifying signals that indicate the existence of advanced extraterrestrial life.
Rio 2.0 can quickly calibrate and predict the public's expectations of a reported signal to clarify how SETI scientists actually evaluate a signal.
This is from his initial Erkennu ng through the various levels of verification needed to determine if a signal is credible by ET. 19659002] The key to research is also the development of a single set of consistent terminology for the discussion of signals, both among researchers and in the media.
The team has released an online Rio Scale Calculator, an interactive tool for scientists and science communicators to evaluate signals and give advice on how to use it to better communicate ETI to the media.
Dr. Forgan said, "It's absolutely critical that when we talk about something as significant as discovering intelligent life beyond Earth, we do it clearly and cautiously."
"With Rio 2.0, we can quickly signal that the public can easily understand and help us to maintain their trust in a world of fake news.
The new Rio scale has now been submitted to the Standing Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics for SETI for official ratification.
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