A few days ago the press jumped on the signal from ET without any confirmation. The first very early report has appeared.. (pdf) Not surprisingly it looks like terrestrial noise rather than a message from beyond.
Breakthrough Listen Follow-up of a Transient Signal from the RATAN-600 Telescope in the Direction of HD 164595
Steve Croft, Andrew Siemion, David MacMahon, Matt Lebofsky, Howard Isaacson, Jack Hickish, Danny Price, Dan Werthimer, Vishal Gajjar, and David DeBoer Berkeley SETI Research Center, Astronomy Department, 501 Campbell Hall, University of California, Berkeley
HD 164595 (also known as HIP 88194) is a Sunlike (G2V) star at a distance of 28.9 pc from Earth, with one confirmed (16M⊕) planet (Courcol et al. 2015) orbiting with a 40 day period. Recently, a SETI2 search using the RATAN-600 telescope is reported (Bursov et al. 2016) to have detected a strong (∼ 750 mJy) signal in the direction of HD 164595. Slides from a presentation scheduled to be delivered on 2016 September 27 at the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) SETI Permanent Committee meeting, were forwarded to the UC Berkeley Breakthrough Listen team by one of the RATAN study’s co-authors. A plot showing the scan at 11.1 GHz across the source where the transient signal was detected is shown in Fig. 1. While we await with interest a formal write-up of the RATAN-600 result, the claim that the detection could be a signal from an extraterrestrial civilization has attracted much media interest. In this memo, we briefly report on our own follow-up observations, undertaken using the new Breakthrough Listen back-end instrument at the Green Bank Telescope (GBT). This preliminary analysis will be followed up in time with a more formal refereed publication of the initial scientific results from Breakthrough Listen.
One would hope, should a real signal appear and hold up to early analysis, that a very detailed skeptical analysis would follow taking whatever was required before results are released to the public. LIGO did it correctly.
More than 2,100 properties across the U.S. enrolled in the National Flood Insurance Program have flooded and been rebuilt more than 10 times since 1978, according to a new analysis of insurance data by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). One home in Batchelor, Louisiana has flooded 40 times over the past four decades, receiving $428,379 in insurance payments. More than 30,000 properties in the program, run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have flooded multiple times over the years. Those homes, known as “severe repetitive loss properties,” make up just 0.6 percent of federal flood insurance policies. But they account for 10.6 percent of the program’s claims — totaling $5.5 billion in payments.