Wanna Talk to Aliens? Start With Whales
It sounds like something out of Arrival or Star Trek IV, but it could be humankind’s best stab at turning science fiction into reality. Using Zipf’s law, which compares the frequency of both common and uncommon sounds in a language, researchers have proved the complexity of whale and dolphin communications. That’s a big step on its own, but it could also come in handy if we ever make contact with alien life. With so many unknowns about extraterrestrial communication, decoding humpback whales’ songs could be the planet’s best bet for cracking an otherworldly language barrier.