It is no easy thing to search for signs of intelligent life beyond our solar system. In addition to the incredible distances involved and the fact that we really only have indirect methods at our disposal, there is also the small problem of not knowing exactly what to look for. If intelligent life does exist beyond our solar system, would they even communicate as we do, using radio transmitters and similar forms of technology?

Such has been the preoccupation of groups like the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute and, more recently, organizations like (METI) Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence International.

SETI deals with searching for messages from aliens. METI science deals with the creation of messages to aliens. Thus, SETI and METI proponents have quite different perspectives. SETI scientists are in a position to address only the local question “does Active SETI make sense?” In other words, would it be reasonable, for SETI success, to transmit with the object of attracting ETI’s attention?

METI looks for ways in which we might be able to contact aliens instead of waiting to hear from them. However, this does not mean that organizations like METI International are without ideas on how we might better listen to our potential extraterrestrial intelligence. After all, communication goes beyond mere messages, and also requires that a medium exists with which to convey the message.

You have the need for multiple methodologies to increase the odds of finding something. There’s also the problem of knowing what to look for.

We have been shown in many Hollywood movies how we would communicate with extraterrestrial intelligence. In the film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind scientists communicated with music and light. In the movie, Arrival, scientists had to use linguists and marine biologists to read the ink blot communications of what were called Heptapods – tentacled creatures that remained in an environment suited for them in their spacepods.

We have also been shown various ways the aliens would make contact with us and most of what we see in films is radar blips, and sound signals that can be decoded by the magic of computer tech and mathematics.

This, of course, is where the imagination is limited, especially now when apparently something has happened where both SETI and METI are beginning to act as though they have located something in space but are not capable of explaining it to the public.

From what I have been reading lately, the technosignature clues are far more advanced that we have been told. We also may be under the control of some of these technosignatures as the human ear has picked up on the signal and that unbeknownst to most people is affecting them in different ways.

So far there is no need to panic, but there is cause for concern.

The truth is this, the universe is awash in extraterrestrial signals that we cannot even perceive or know about unless someone else hears them and wants to show you that they are there. SETI and METI practitioners spend a lot of time wondering how these messages are being transmitted and are hoping that they can find the source before more people pick up on the sounds that at the moment are buried in the background of earth’s own noise.

Some people are already hearing pulsing waves that are hovering above us. It is a vibrating low hum that is usually heard away from the city in forests and deserts all over the world.

Recently, there was a story out of Sweden where a mysterious humming sound was recorded. The sound was a constant pulsing hum that according to witnesses lasted 45 minutes.

The eerie scene was filmed by a man named Rene Krupinksi back in December, but only recently caught the attention of paranormal enthusiasts online. According to the bewildered witness, he noticed the odd sound while in northern Sweden at what looks to be a snow-covered mountaintop.

In Krupinski’s description of the event, he says that the humming noise was constant and seemed to almost vibrate the air. Although he expressed certainty that the hum was coming from the sky, Krupinski conceded that he couldn’t quite determine from which direction it was emanating as it appeared to be coming from every direction. He also noted that he has visited the location before and that it is “usually a very quiet place,” which made the odd hum all the more mystifying. Eventually, after nearly an hour, he says, the noise dissipated as if it had “moved somewhere else.”

In August, there was a report of an even more annoying pulse that some residents believed was coming from an area near Dugway Proving Grounds. Dugway is divided into two parts. The Army operates the northern portion which houses most of the residents. The southeast portion is operated by the Air Force with a runway large enough to land an aircraft the size of the space shuttle.

This portion isn’t mentioned on Dugway’s website. This area has been developed and expanded since 2004 with an increased security buildup. The additional infrastructure has led many UFO conspiracy theorists to conclude that this is a new site where the government is testing secret military and UFO technology sort of the northern Arm of Area 51.

Could the hum be connected to the tests of secret spacecraft or is it a signal that is being sent from extraterrestrial intelligence in the form of gravity pulses that are picked up by people who are sensitive to the pulse?

It is not too farfetched to come to this conclusion.

There is also a possibility that aliens may be trying to contact us by other means.

There is the possibility that ETI is trying to contact using neutrinos.

Neutrinos are a type of subatomic particle that is produced by the decay of radioactive elements and interacts with matter very weakly. This allows them to pass through solid matter and also makes them very difficult to detect. Neutrinos are produced in large quantities by the sun and astronomical sources, but they can also be produced artificially by nuclear reactors.

These neutrinos could be used for the sake of communications.

The only problem is that looking for them would require some specialized equipment. Currently, all means of detecting neutrinos involve expensive facilities that have to be built either underground or in extremely isolated locations to ensure that they are not subject to any kind of electromagnetic interference.

These include the Super-Kamiokande facility, the world’s largest neutrino detector which is located under Mt. Ikeno in Japan. There’s also the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, located at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica and operated by the University of Wisconsin–Madison; and the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, located in a former mine complex near Sudbury, Ontario, and operated by SNOLAB.

Recently there was a story in Scientific American that indicated that something was happening in Antarctica that may seal the deal on possible extraterrestrial communication.

There are bizarre particles that keep flying out of Antarctica’s ice, and they might shatter modern physics.

Physicists don’t know what it is exactly. But they do know it’s some sort of cosmic ray — a high-energy particle that’s blasted its way through space, into the Earth, and back out again. But the particles physicists know about the collection of particles that make up what scientists call the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics shouldn’t be able to do that. Sure, there are low-energy neutrinos that can pierce through miles upon miles of rock unaffected. But high-energy neutrinos, as well as other high-energy particles, have “large cross-sections.” That means that they’ll almost always crash into something soon after zipping into the Earth and never make it out the other side.

Since March 2016, researchers have been puzzling over two events in Antarctica where cosmic rays did burst out from the Earth and were detected by NASA’s Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) — a balloon-borne antenna drifting over the southern continent.

ANITA is designed to hunt cosmic rays from outer space, so the high-energy neutrino community was buzzing with excitement when the instrument detected particles that seemed to be blasting up from Earth instead of zooming down from space. Because cosmic rays shouldn’t do that, scientists began to wonder whether these mysterious beams are made of particles never seen before.

Since then, physicists have proposed all sorts of explanations for these “upward going” cosmic rays, some are even suggesting that this is some kind of cosmic wave from some exobiological intelligence.

ANITA might have detected a particle not accounted for in the Standard Model.

This is amazing and could be another signature that has been left behind for us to discover.

Researchers need to collect more data to verify that ANITA and IceCube have cracked supersymmetry.

This would be bizarre because it would test what we know about standard physics.

Meanwhile, scientists have discovered a new bacterium in Antarctica that can survive solely off of chemicals in the air. These microscopic organisms can survive off of just hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. Taking the term “extremophile” to the next level, these microbes can survive in some of the most extreme conditions that exist on our planet. These organisms are so unique that they are opening up the potential for finding alien life because, now that we know organisms can exist off of only chemicals in the air, extraterrestrial life could exist in much wilder circumstances than previously thought.

Researchers reconstructed the genomes of 23 microbes and were able to identify two species of previously-undiscovered bacteria known as WPS-2 and AD3. Living in the soil with other species, these bacteria survive with little sunlight, no geothermal energy, and extremely limited nutrients. As mostly dormant bacteria, these are the first life forms every discovered that survive by eating air.

This discovery demonstrates how life can still exist in physically extreme and nutrient-starved environments. This opens up the possibility of atmospheric gases supporting life on other planets.

This has us wondering if all or part of these discoveries have nailed down the possibility that various signatures exist to actually warrant disclosure of alien life and possible evidence of communication with extraterrestrial intelligence.

It is also very interesting to note that all of the focus of Antarctica research into extraterrestrial relationships began in 2016.

Before the March 2016 discovery of these alien neutrinos and cosmic signatures in Antarctica, Russian Patriarch Kirill visited a Russian outpost in Antarctica, reportedly to see penguins.

Just over a month later, on March 23, President Obama visited the southern Argentine resort town of Bariloche; some say that he was there to also investigate a moon communications outpost that was going to be built in Patagonia by the Chinese. He was also rumored to have been whisked away to Antarctica.

On November 9th 2016, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, landed in Antarctica, just after the U.S. Presidential election. It was said that he was there to observe thawing conditions brought on by Climate Change.

However, it doesn’t make sense that he planned to go there during a critical time in the United States.

In a secret trip to Antarctica, Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin had to be evacuated from the area because he fell ill. His condition was diagnosed as altitude sickness as his lungs were filling up with mucus.

So a Russian religious figure, a U.S. Secretary of State and an astronaut all went to Antarctica after scientists discovered what could be evidence of extraterrestrials, albeit communication and or life forms that live off the air.

The fact that life exists somewhere beyond the interstellar horizon is a given nowadays, with scientists the world over in agreement that we are not alone. There is no doubt some kind of life exists somewhere, the only questions remaining regard what kind of life and when, if ever, would we encounter it.

Ever since Drake proposed his famous equation, human beings have eagerly sought to find evidence of extra-terrestrial intelligence. Unfortunately, all of our efforts have been haunted by Fermi’s equally-famous paradox!

But of course, as space exploration goes, we’ve really only begun to scratch the surface of our universe.

The technosignatures quest by METI and SETI has literally turned the study of exobiology on its ear.

Now we can listen and also feel their presence as the hums and the pulses showcase the fact that we are not alone in the universe and perhaps hearing is also believing.