Alien Life Detector developed by EPFL

Alien Life Detector developed by EPFL

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  • EPFL is in talks with NASA to incorporate the new alien life detector in their extra-terrestrial search.

Scientists from Belgium and Switzerland have formulated this new alien life detector on the principle of atomic microscope. The advantage for this alien life detector is that it is kinesthetic based rather than chemical.

The search for what’s out there has been a human endeavor since before long and the human race has developed the newest techniques in every age. NASA, Chinese space research, Russian space research and all the countries capable of doing this kind of research has developed newer gadgets to find life on the planets and universe around them.

These gadgets include life detectors and rovers that scour the universe for other life form but so far so good, there have only been the UFOs seen in America but the Americans are not the only ones interested in Alien life.

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland in collaboration with the colleagues at Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie in Belgium has devised a new kind of alien life detector. This alien life detector has been developed by Giovanni Dietler, Sandor Kasas and Giovanni Longo.

That is they have proved that the chemical life detection is not very effective. The chemical environment on other planets is very different from ours hence it is not possible to duplicate a corresponding chemical detector.

This alien life detector however works on the principle of kinesthetics. For this new alien life detector they have worked on the “a universal signature of life” principle. That is that the sign of any life is movement.

It is smaller than a millimeter and is just a few hundred microns in length. Cantilever is the inspiration for this alien life detector. A cantilever is a fixed beam with a heavy load on the other end, in this case a motion.

Cantilever is also used in the atomic force microscope. The cantilever in the microscope brushes over the surface and moves its needle to make a structural picture of the atoms on any surface on the atomic level. This picture is a sequence of atomic signals produced by a laser.

For the newest alien life detector, the cantilever on the microscope has been modified. For this detector, the cantilever has been modified that when any molecular structure attaches to it, if it produces the slightest nano-movement, the sensitivity of the cantilever will detect it with a laser producing a signal for the movement. Even the slightest of movement can be detected and can be taken into account with relevance to existing alien life. 

This is a new innovation in the alien life detection process. The scientists at EPFL have tested the instrument on their nearby environment in which they have detected movement in the living cells. According to its developers, the biggest advantage of this alien life detector is that it is not based on chemical detection.

The instrument is currently being employed for medical and pharmaceutical purposes where the disease bacteria are tested against various drugs and their resistant and life against that drug is detected by motion of the bacterium.

After its successful trial the EPFL is trying to put their Alien life detector in action. They are talking to NASA and other space exploration companies to send their alien life detector in space. 

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