Friday Futures: multiple alien signals, DNA weapons, sharks

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: multiple alien signals detected; DNA targeted weapons; we may not exist; how many ‘earths’ are there; black hole gets brighter; big sharks.

Scientists detect multiple alien radio bursts

Scientists have detected dozens of fast radio bursts (FRBs) since 2007, but only twice did they notice multiple signals coming from a single source. Now, however, astronomers have reported finding eight new repeating FRBs — a discovery that could help us understand the strange phenomenon. Read more…

Future weapons could be DNA targeted – and nasty!

The Cambridge researchers argue that world governments have failed to prepare for futuristic weapons based on advanced technology like artificial intelligence and genetic manipulation — or even a killer pathogen designed to kill only people of a particular race. Read more…

A different theory of the universe(s) – we may not exist!

How many earth like planets are there?

A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star occur around stars similar to our Sun. Knowing the rate that these potentially habitable planets occur will be important for designing future astronomical mission. Read more…

Yikes, the black hole in the middle of our galaxy got much brighter

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A*, grew 75 times brighter than usual over a two hour span — a flabbergasting cosmic event, since it’s usually not very active and doesn’t fluctuate much in brightness. Read more…

Meanwhile here is a map of the exoplanets we know about

The race to neutralise a superbug yeast

Last September an American traveling in Kenya suffered a serious stroke, and was hospitalised there for a month. The stay didn’t go well: The person suffered a bout of pneumonia, a urinary tract infection, and a brush with sepsis, a life-threatening immune reaction to infection. Read more…

Is dark matter older than the Big Bang?

Dark matter, which researchers believe make up about 80% of the universe’s mass, is one of the most elusive mysteries in modern physics. What exactly it is and how it came to be is a mystery, but a new study now suggests that dark matter may have existed before the Big Bang. Read more…

And here is a huge, deep water shark eating stuff

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos)

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