Here we go again. More strange signals from a distant star have been detected. This time, the astronomers who detected it were based in Puerto Rico, and the star at the heart of the story is Ross 128, a red dwarf star based about 11 light-years away from Earth. The signals were described as "broadband quasi-periodic non-polarized pulses with very strong dispersion-like features."
As with other stories like this one, mainstream news outlets were quick to sensationalize the discovery with headlines teasing about alien life, but were also quick to confidently conclude that the likely explanation for the signals were not extraterrestrial at all... but terrestrial, perhaps caused by solar flares or a satellite in high orbit:
Although these terrestrial theories were indeed offered up by the scientists who made the discovery, the original scientists also feel these theories are very problematic and not at all satisfying, writing that "the recurrent aliens hypothesis is at the bottom of many other better explanations."
Why do mainstream science and news publications like to tease the idea of aliens as much as they enjoy shooting it down? Even in the face of such compelling evidence! There is no way that these outlets can offer additional insight or authority onto whether or not these signals are terrestrial or extraterrestrial in origin, but they seem eager to do so.
Americans get an endless brigade of half-baked news stories about the possibility of water and ET life on other planets, and these stories rarely, if ever end with any real conclusion or evidence. As well, this is hardly the first time US news outlets have echoed headlines about weird "alien signals" detected from outer space. (Remember the "Wow!" Signal?) Meanwhile, NASA has been hinting that they will discover ET life, at the very least microbial, in the near future. There is a lot of contradiction when you study the media narrative about this subject.
Are news stories like these part of an intentional, but painfully slow and steady drip to disclose the already-known truth about UFOs and aliens in our universe? Or are we just continuing to probe for life in a universe where it is very rare, and possibly even nonexistent?