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(UPDATED) Possible extraterrestrial radio signal detected

What if we told you the movie Contact was real?

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Okay, maybe we shouldn't go that far. But the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is certainly a real (and exciting) organization filled with international scientists. 

International scientists who are currently investigating a mysterious and potentially extraterrestrial signal from deep space. 

(UPDATED) Possible extraterrestrial radio signal detected

If this news is making you flail excitedly, don't worry: We're right there with you. But the pace of science is sometimes frustratingly glacial in terms of how humans reckon the concept of time. 

HOW DID WE FIND THIS SIGNAL?

The Russian Academy of Science's RATAN-600 telescope in Zelenchukskaya, Russia detected it waaaaay back on May 15, 2015. But for some reason, they kept it on the DL and it wasn't reported to the international science community until interstellar space reporter (that's his real job title) Paul Gilster broke the story in August 2016.

The point is, now SETI (and the rest of the world) knows about it, and they're actively looking.

WHERE DID THE SIGNAL ORIGINATE?

A star called HD164595 is the origination point, and both SETI researcher and mathematician Claudio Maccone and Russia's Nikolai Bursov of the Special Astrophysical Observatory are in charge of the investigation. They have been quoted as saying that "permanent monitoring of this target is needed."

Science fiction can be exciting in that it encourages us to explore seemingly impossible things, and to constantly question what we think we know. A discovery like this in our lifetime, though; that's truly astounding and exciting.

For a detailed explanation of what SETI is investigating, go here:

UPDATE: NOT SO FAST

Both SETI and the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences are now cautioning the international community that the signal may have originated from Earth after all.

Here’s what SETI says:

And here’s what the SAO RAS says:

We’ll keep you updated on future developments.

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Will Tim Tebow actually make the Major Leagues?

Former #PhiladelphiaEagles quarterback TimTebow could very well see MLB action (eventually) according to MLB prospect expert Christopher Crawford.

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Will Tim Tebow actually make the Major Leagues?

The 29-year-old, who wants to switch to playing Major League Baseball after leaving the NFL in 2012, is apparently excelling  in front of MLB scouts.

The question is, is Tebow really good enough to have a shot at playing in the Major Leagues?

Crawford says there's a lot to like about his progression -- but also some areas where he needs major improvement to make the big leagues.

Will Tim Tebow actually make the Major Leagues?

"I think there are things to like about the swing, and a lot of things to cause concern, said Crawford. There's obvious bat speed, and the loft in the swing along with his ridiculous strength gives him a chance for plus-plus power. The question is, can he tap into that power?

Tebow's big frame proves to be both an advantage and a disadvantage for him. His size gives him incredible power, but with limited mobility while in the outfield and base-running situations.

Will Tim Tebow actually make the Major Leagues?

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"He ran an average 60 time, and with some trimming, maybe you're looking at an above-average runner. There's just as good of chance because of his massive frame that he's a below-average runner long-term."

Crawford believes Tebow will probably make the minor leagues; however, it will take at least a few years before he gets a chance at making the Major Leagues.

During batting practice Tuesday, Tebow hit just four of 20 pitches from former Major League relievers Chad Smith and David Aardsma. He cracked a line drive to center field in what was his only major hit of the afternoon.

“I’d be surprised if you saw him in a big league uniform before the end of 2017, maybe even 2018.”

Will Tim Tebow actually make the Major Leagues?

Clearly some experts aren’t confident Tebow will make a successful transition to the MLB. But then again, what does Steven A. Smith know?

If Tebow eventually makes the MLB, he will join an exclusive list of 67 pro athletes that have played in both the NFL and MLB – the latest being ChadHutchinson, who left the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001 to play two NFL seasons from 2002-04.

Arguably the most famous duo-athletes is Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, who is one of the few athletes to be named an All-Star in two major sports.

In 1987, he played for both the Kansas City Royals and the Los Angeles Raiders, becoming the first player ever to play two professional sports in the same season.

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