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                                        ‘X’ CHRONICLES NEWSPAPER

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         Vol. 33, No. 5/6        ISSN 1499-8599            REL-MAR McConnell Media Company Publication - Digital Version               May/June 2022

                       There Used To Be


                               In Our Galaxy,

                             But They Killed

                              Themselves Off

         There Used to Be Aliens in                      like a Dyson sphere, is likely to be peering back they simply won’t have the means yet. Too old,
                                                         at us.                                           and they could be stripped of technology in a
             Our Galaxy, but They                                                                         post-apocalyptic burnout.
                                                         Why aren’t they sending telescope satellites
            Killed Themselves Off                        through our part of space? And how can it be They could even be extinct. In fact, the research

                                                         that out of all the planets and systems we’ve includes parameters for extinction and the idea
                                                         peeked into so far, we’ve seen nothing?          of “self annihilation,” a probability that could be
              ETs have a thing for self-
                                                                                                          extraordinarily high.
                       annihilation.                     There are as many individual theories as there
                                                         are theorists, and these run a huge gamut.        “Since we cannot preclude the high possibility
                   by Caroline Delbert                                                                    of annihilation, [this result] suggests that most
                                                         “The existence of extraterrestrial intelligence is of the potential complex life within the Galaxy
                                                         directly related to habitability and a galactic may still be very young,” the scientists explain.
                                                         habitable zone (GHZ); where habitable planets That means there could be a proliferation, but
                                                         are located and where potential life are most it’s of other civilizations that can’t push out into
         In a 2020 study, researchers suggest the answer
        to the Fermi paradox could be pretty bleak:      likely to form,” the new study's researchers the galaxy yet—just like us.
                                                         (three Caltech physicists and one high school
        Maybe all the intelligent civilizations have
                                                         student), write:                                 What’s the point of research like this? It’s fair to
        annihilated themselves. Jeez, 2020, that’s a little
                                                                                                          ask, the same way it’s fair to ask questions about
        on the nose.
                                                                “Overall, previous studies of habitability projects like SETI, the Search for Extra
        This is the Fermi paradox stated at its most     and the likelihood of intelligent life have Terrestrial Intelligence, in the first place.
                                                         provided many valuable insights; however, the
        succinct: The universe is unfathomably gigantic,
                                                         precise propensity of galactic intelligent life to  But these researchers have a clear goal, which is
        but so far, we’ve never seen any sign that there’s
                                                         emerge has not yet been explored with spatial to place a touchstone for others who want to
        intelligent life anywhere else.
                                                         and temporal analysis, nor has any research      continue to explore the Fermi paradox.  They
        We’ve never observed an extraterrestrial living  explicitly estimated an age distribution for explain:
                                                         potential life within the Galaxy.”
        thing, or uncovered any evidence for extinct
                                                                                                              “The exact number of the intelligent life
        ones. As we peer further out into our corner of
                                                          These researchers wanted to add nuance to the estimated here is not the focus of our work.
        the universe using more and more powerful
                                                         discussion by increasing the depth of their [R]ather, it is instead the development of a
        telescopes, for example, people continue to hold
        out hope that we’ll find evidence of a           analysis, and they wanted to gauge how statistical, comprehensive galactic picture
                                                         relatively “old” any alien civilizations are likely tracing the potential growth propensity of
        civilization, Dyson sphere, or anything just
                                                         to be. This is a critical factor in whether or not a intelligent life over a course of ~20 billion
        around the next corner.
                                                         civilization can even travel in space or put out years.”
                                                         intergalactic feelers, because they can only do
         But there’s a problem with that line of thinking.
        A civilization that we’d see from this far away,  that from a key “sweet spot.”                   Indeed, we don’t know what’s hiding around the
                                                                                                          next intergalactic corner. []
        let alone one that could have built something
                                                         Too young, and, like us before very recently,
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