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Scientists Create Message Intended to Communicate with Intelligent Life in Space; Some Scientists are Worried

By Science News, Tech News, US News, World News

The communication is an updated version of the “Arecibo message” and dubbed the “Beacon in the Galaxy” (BITG) message. The BITG is transmitted via binary code and scientists say that once the message is decoded, it forms a visual graphic consisting of a human stick figure, our DNA, basic mathematics, and a map of our galaxy pinpointing earth’s exact location. Jonathan Jiang, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California says “We want to send a message in a bottle in the cosmic ocean, to say, ‘Hey, we are here.’ Jiang also says “The motivation for the design was to deliver the maximum amount of information about our society and the human species in the minimal amount of message. With improvements in digital technology, we can do much better than the [Arecibo message] in 1974.”

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