Research Into Stellar Anomaly Ongoing
By Mira Ming Wei
Icarus Station – Research teams have spent nearly a year and a half studying the mysterious and seemingly artificial signal emanating from Isis, the Origin system’s star. However, scientists have thus far learned little and fear they may be no closer to unlocking the mystery than they were at the beginning of their studies.
“We’ve really never seen anything remotely like this anywhere and aren’t even sure where to really begin,” says cosmologist Mitsuo Halakan from his lab in foundation city, “Stars typically don’t transmit data. We have no idea how someone turned the star into a transmitter. We have no idea who they are or what they want from us. We started detecting it as soon as the solar observatory went up, but it could have been doing this for eons for all we know.”
Cryptographers and network engineers have poured over the data, mostly as a hobby and curiosity, but while the data coming off the star has varied wildly in density, the contents of the vast majority of that data remains a mystery.
“The information is locked behind layers and layers of cryptographic quantum encryption that we have no idea how to unlock,” said cryptographer Kenta Jronaian from his office on Icarus station, “Occasionally we’ll be able to pick out individual words under less encryption, which always tends to raise more questions than answers.”
Transcendence, Apocrita, Nascent, Genesis, Gate, Apotheosis, Hyperconsciousness, Conflux, Maze, Postreality, Whisper, Ungod. These are some of the words that have been picked out of the endless stream of data from the star. What these words mean or how they relate to the rest of the transmissions will only be determined when the encryption is finally broken, a process that many have dim prospects on ever occurring.
“Modern encryption methods take at best hundreds of years to brute force,” said Jronaian, “And these signals seem […] it would not surprise me if they are significantly more advanced than the most modern encryption method employed today.”
Religious devotion to the mysterious signal continues to occur in isolated incidents across the system. While the Exodus Charter affirms the right of all citizens to practice the faiths they wish as they wish, many within the system’s government have expressed concern over the particular faith, fearing that the mysterious signal may represent some manner of unknown memetic attack on the population.
We’ll keep you apprised of the situation as it continues to develop. I’m Mira Ming Wei, and you’re reading Transhumanity Today