With the CERN LHC being capable of creating gravity waves(micro-black holes) will humanity finally be able to talk to the stars? Will this be the key technology that will enable us to join the galactic community?
LIGO Gravitational Wave Observatory (subspace receiver?)
"LIGO, short for Laser Interferometry Gravity-Wave Observatory, is one of the newest arrows in our astronomical quiver. It is designed to search for gravity waves produced by colliding black holes or collapsing supernovae. LIGO will join with other gravity-wave observatories around the world to become more than the sum of its parts."
"The Grid Physics Network, or GriPhoN, joins LIGO and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European accelerator laboratory. They form a computational and communications grid that ties together resources from the United States and Europe.
We expect that advances in developing petascale virtual data grids made in this project can be extended to other components of our nascent cyberinfrastructure."
Computing: Getting us on the Path to Wisdom
And of course we'll need a star map...
Mapping the Universe
"Mapmaking—laying a gridwork for reality—is an activity central to the step-by-step advance of human knowledge. Recently there has been an explosion in the scale and diversity of mapmaking enterprises, in fields as disparate as genetics, oceanography, neuroscience, and surface physics, applying ever-improving computer technology to the task of exploring enormous and complex new territories. This ability to record and digest immense quantities of data in a timely way is changing the face of science. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), the most ambitious astronomical survey project ever undertaken, applies this ability to cosmography, the science of mapping the universe and determining our place in it.
SDSS is systematically mapping a quarter of the entire sky, producing a detailed image of it and determining the positions and absolute brightnesses of more than 100 million celestial objects. It is also measuring the distances to a million of the nearest galaxies, giving us a three-dimensional picture of the universe through a volume one hundred times larger than that explored to date. SDSS is also recording the distances to 100,000 quasars — the most distant objects known — giving us unprecedented knowledge of the distribution of matter to the edge of the visible universe."