An artificial intelligence built to find evidence of extraterrestrial life has detected 72 mysterious signals emanating from deep space. A system built by the Breakthrough Listen project spotted new fast radio bursts (FRBs) emanating from a ‘repeater’ called FRB 121102 that’s 3 billion light-years away from Earth. Normally, FRBs are spotted during a single ‘outburst’ which happens just once. But the repeater called FRB 121102 is the only source of multiple repeated bursts, including 21 detected in 2017. Scientists cannot explain the origin of fast radio bursts, but have suggested they are produced by neutron stars, supermassive black holes or even technology built by an advanced alien civilisation. The new signals were detected by using an AI to analyse data that has already been gathered by the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia. Alien-hunting artificial intelligence detects dozens of deep space mystery signals

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