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Book Review: Hidden in Plain Sight Offers Easy to Understand Physics

Physics isn’t the most popular book topic people gravitate towards when looking for a subject worthy of reading. Hidden in Plain Sight by Andrew Thomas provides a broad overview of modern physics. Even though the topics can be quite complex to lay readers this book has simplified the principles so that seemingly complex topics are covered parsimoniously. Two theories have dominated physics for more than a century. General relativity and quantum mechanics have allowed scientists to explore the universe with satellites and has led to new momentum in the space race. The two theories have not been well connected in literature. General relativity explains how objects relate to each other in space as well as the influence of gravitational forces on the movement of those objects. Quantum mechanics helped scientists develop the laser, computers, and other high processing products. It is possible to argue that general relativity is about big things while quantum mechanics looks a

British SETI Seeks ET and an ATM

British academic researchers and leaders want to restart the British SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program in hopes of finding signs of intelligent life in the universe. They argue that there really isn’t a program that truly looks for alien life in a coordinated and pragmatic way. It is argued that with just a half a percent of the UK astronomical budget it is possible to create a program that is competitive with the private-funded American SETI program ( Extremetech, 2013 ).  According to Dr. John Elliot of the SETI Research UK website the primary purpose of the program is to decipher space messages for intelligent structure. The programs include detecting a signal signature of ET technology, the impact of such a signals on humanity, protocols for ET communication. The program focuses on trying to connect with and send signals to possible extra terrestrial life.  The program also known as UKSRN was announced recently at the Royal Astronomical Socie