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[DIGEST: IFL Science, New Atlas, Science Alert, The Guardian, Space.com]

Disgruntled nationals looking to escape their native countries may soon have a new option: space.

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[DIGEST: Observer, ABC]

Researchers with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Program (SETI) are investigating signal spikes emitting from a star in the constellation Hercules. The star, an estimated 6.3 billion years old, is 95 light years from Earth––about 500 trillion miles away. "We are talking about a message that left its star in 1920 and finally arrived in Russia in 2015," said Doug Vakoch, Ph.D., who works with METI International, a group that focuses on messaging extraterrestrial intelligence.

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