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  • Intelligent Aliens Could Be Found by 2040

    02/10/2014 6:28:41 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 109 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | Mike Wall
    The first detection of intelligent extraterrestrial life will likely come within the next quarter-century, a prominent alien hunter predicts. By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth Shostak of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, Calif. "I think we'll find E.T. within two dozen years using these sorts of experiments," Shostak said here Thursday (Feb. 6) during a talk at the 2014 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) symposium here at Stanford University "Instead of looking at a few thousand star systems,...
  • Are We Searching for Aliens in the Wrong Place?

    02/03/2014 11:06:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Discovery News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Ian O'Neill
    Earth may be a nice and cozy place for life as we know it to evolve, but is it really the best place for life to thrive? Probably not, say two researchers. In fact, Earth may be one of the more extreme examples of a “habitable” world where life was lucky to survive. The search for extraterrestrial life is fraught with uncertainly. Faced with a seemingly infinite Universe and an assumption that life beyond our planet is an inevitability, we focus on nooks and crannies that have similar habitable environments to Earth and exoplanets that resemble our world orbiting stars...
  • The Bill Arrives for Cosmology's Free Lunch (NASA Should Be Islam's PR Firm)

    01/20/2014 7:16:54 PM PST · by lbryce · 3 replies
    Evolutionary News and Views ^ | January 20, 2014 | Denyse O'Leary
    ID theorists say that information is the foundation of the universe. Others say matter is. Our choice of who to believe will shape our future. First, suppose the materialists are right. If materialism (naturalism) is simply true, because everything comes down to matter in the end, what future might we expect? Stephen Hawking insists in a recent interview that "Science will win." If we take his current non-realist views seriously, science as we have known it is finished and there is nothing to win. That doesn't mean, of course, that everything shuts down. Some projects will continue as if immortal...
  • Silence in the sky—but why?

    08/26/2013 4:29:42 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 170 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 8/25/13
    (Phys.org) —Scientists as eminent as Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan have long believed that humans will one day colonise the universe. But how easy would it be, why would we want to, and why haven't we seen any evidence of other life forms making their own bids for universal domination? A new paper by Dr Stuart Armstrong and Dr Anders Sandberg from Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) attempts to answer these questions. To be published in the August/September edition of the journal Acta Astronautica, the paper takes as its starting point the Fermi paradox – the discrepancy between...
  • Cosmic 'lighthouses' could reveal alien life

    08/21/2013 11:02:40 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/21/13 | Nick Collins
    Aliens may be trying to communicate with Earth by flashing blinking lasers towards our planet like a cosmic lighthouse, astronomers believe.Laser scientists at the Vienna University of Technology are searching for faint but repetitive light signals from the distant reaches of space, in the hope of identifying signals sent out by extraterrestrials, according to Astrobiology Magazine. Because of their ability to transmit signals over vast distances, lasers have long been considered a possible means of contact by alien species. But while astronomers have searched tens of thousands of stars for laser signals in the past – without identifying any...
  • Disingenuous Transparency Versus Ingenious Opacity

    07/13/2013 5:45:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2013 | John Ransom
    Yes, the most transparently opportunistic administration is becoming more transparent every day. In the midst of negotiations for a free-trade agreement between Europe and the U.S., the NSA Papers, made transparent by Edward Snowden, reveal that America has been spying on allies as well as enemies. Yeah I know. Obama has a hard time telling the difference between U.S. allies and U.S. enemies. Hence he’s arming our allies, er, enemies, Al Qaida, in Syria; he’s being flexible for Vladimir Putin, the Russian dictator, er, president; helping the Venezuelan government wing disguised as an oil company, our ally, er, enemy; and...
  • UK astronomers to co-ordinate their search for alien signals

    07/06/2013 6:55:57 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    bbc ^ | 5 July 2013 Last updated at 12:01 ET | Jonathan Amos
    Academics from 11 institutions have set up a network to co-ordinate their Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (Seti). The English Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, will act as patron. The group is asking funding agencies for a small - about £1m a year - sum of money to support listening time on radio telescopes and for data analysis. It would also help pay for research that considered new ways to try to find aliens. Currently, most Seti work is done in the US and is funded largely through private donation.
  • Where Are All the Aliens?

    06/20/2013 5:24:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 79 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | June 20, 2013 | Fraser Cain on
    As far as we know, Earth is the only place in the Universe where life has arisen, let alone developed an intelligent civilization. This baffling contradiction is known as the Fermi Paradox, first described in 1950 by the physicist Enrico Fermi. Scientists have been trying to resolve this mystery for decades, listening for radio signals from other worlds. We’ve only sampled a fraction of the radio spectrum, and so far, we haven’t detected anything that could be a signal from an intelligent species. How can we explain this?
  • SETI’s Colossus (Huge 77-meter infrared telescope)

    05/31/2013 5:41:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 5/31/13 | Paul Gilster
    SETIÂ’s Colossus by Paul Gilster on May 31, 2013 For the most part, the focus of SETI since Project Ozma has been directed at intercepting signals deliberately sent our way. It doesnÂ’t have to be so, of course, because extraneous signals from a civilization going about its business would also be profoundly interesting, and even a civilization not much more advanced than ours might be throwing off powerful evidence of its existence through the planetary radars it uses to detect potential impactors in its own system. Whether or not the Ohio State WOW! signal was a SETI detection remains unresolved,...
  • The Best Way to Find Aliens: Look for Their Solar Power Plants

    10/04/2012 9:46:47 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 43 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/4/12 | Ross Andersen
    A team of astronomers is now looking for Dyson Spheres, massive star-scale solar power plants that extraterrestrial hunters hope alien civilizations employIn 1960, mathematician, physicist, and all-around genius Freeman Dyson predicted that every civilization in the Universe eventually runs out of energy on its home planet, provided it survives long enough to do so. Dyson argued that this event constitutes a major hurdle in a civilization's evolution, and that all those who leap over it do so in precisely the same way: they build a massive collector of starlight, a shell of solar panels to surround their home star. Astronomers...
  • Is SETI at risk of downloading a malicious virus from outer space?

    07/11/2012 2:09:03 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 45 replies
    io9 ^ | 6/27/12 | George Dvorsky
    We take it for granted that the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) is a safe endeavor. Seriously, what could possibly go wrong with passively searching for interstellar radio signals? Unfortunately, the answer is quite a lot –- especially if the incoming signal contains something malicious, like a computer virus or Trojan horse. And according to the experts, this isn't just idle speculation – the threat is very real. So, just how concerned do we need to be? To get a better sense of this possibility, we spoke to two experts on the matter: Andrew Siemion, a PhD candidate in astronomy...
  • Possible alien message to get reply from humanity

    06/26/2012 9:48:24 AM PDT · by Sopater · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 26, 2012 | Natalie Wolchover
    If there's something you'd like to say to aliens, now's your chance. The Wow! signal, a mysterious radio transmission detected in 1977 that may or may not have come from extraterrestrials, is finally getting a response from humanity. Anyone can contribute his or her two cents — or 140 characters, to be exact — to the cosmic reply via Twitter. All tweets composed between 8 p.m. EDT Friday (June 29) and 3 a.m. EDT Saturday (June 30) tagged with the hashtag #ChasingUFOs will be rolled into a single message, according to the National Geographic Channel, which is timing the Twitter...
  • SETI Astronomer Jill Tarter Retiring After 35-Year Alien Hunt

    05/23/2012 4:26:04 AM PDT · by iowamark · 59 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | 22 May 2012 | Mike Wall
    Astronomer Jill Tarter, the inspiration for heroine Ellie Arroway in the novel and movie "Contact," is retiring after spending 35 years scanning the heavens for signals from intelligent aliens. Tarter is stepping down as the director of the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., the organization's officials announced today (May 22). But rather than go lie on a beach somewhere,Tarter will continue to devote herself to the search for E.T. She's shifting into a full-time fundraising role for the SETI Institute, which had to shut down a set of alien-hunting...
  • SETI Live: How You Can Help Find Alien Civilizations on Your PC

    03/10/2012 11:59:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Mashable Tech ^ | March 1, 2012 | Peter Pachal
    Got some spare time today? How about putting aside that game of Bejeweled Blitz and instead lend a hand in what could be the most important discovery of all time? It’s no joke — the people behind the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project have partnered with TED (Technology Entertainment Design) to create a website where anyone can log on and start searching for aliens. Called SETI Live, the new project reduces the hunt for intelligent life on other planets to a kind of game — sort of a mix between Foursquare and Where’s Waldo. Once you log on and...
  • First Look at Kepler SETI Candidate Signals

    01/05/2012 9:20:42 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    We've started searching our Kepler SETI observations and our analyses have generated some of our first candidate signals. Each of the signals below is shown in a pair of plots, one from an observation of Kepler Object of Interest (KOI) 817 and one from an observation of KOI-812. During an observation, we alternated between targets to enable us to rule out signals seen coming from two different places in the sky. If we see a signal coming from multiple positions on the sky, it is very likely to be interference.What do these plots represent? These are plots of electromagnetic...
  • Extraterrestrial Intelligence and the Search for God

    11/08/2011 4:22:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 2011 issue | Tom Bethell
    A week doesn't go by without the announcement of new planets. "Week Brings Hail of Planets" was just the most recent report. It capped a week of "new findings about worlds beyond our own solar system," according to the Wall Street Journal. The latest marvel, 200 light years distant from Earth, has two suns. The reporter quoted John Knoll of Industrial Light & Magic as saying that this shows "science is stranger than fiction." Actually, science fiction started this whole ball rolling, but that's another story. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has gone on for more than 50 years....
  • White House denies making contact with aliens - but says it hasn't given up hope

    11/06/2011 5:28:20 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov.6, 2011 | Lydia Warren
    The White House has said there is no sign of aliens – but it is still looking. Staff were responding to a petition that accused the government of covering up contact with life beyond Earth. Phil Larson, from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, officially denied knowledge of alien life and denied they had withheld information from the public. He promised scientists are still on the search for extraterrestrial life. 'The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human...
  • SETI is back on the air (This time without your tax dollars)

    08/14/2011 5:03:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/14/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    Back in April we told you about the shuttering of the Allen Array and the difficulties that E.T. would have phoning home. Well, if you happen to be in touch with the lovable alien, let him know to load up a few more minutes on his long distance card because SETI is back, on the strength of private donations. Forty-two radio telescope dishes near Mount Shasta will again start listening for sounds of intelligent life in the universe this fall after donors — including actress Jodie Foster — came up with more than $200,000 to save the Mountain View-based SETI...
  • ‘Blue Stragglers’ in the Galactic Bulge (a sign of ETI, as in SETI?)

    05/30/2011 12:01:07 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 5/30/11 | Paul Gilster
    ‘Blue Stragglers’ in the Galactic Bulge by Paul Gilster on May 30, 2011 I’m fascinated by how much the exoplanet hunt is telling us about celestial objects other than planets. The other day we looked at some of the stellar spinoffs from the Kepler mission, including the unusual pulsations of the star HD 187091, now known to be not one star but two. But the examples run well beyond Kepler. Back in 2006, a survey called the Sagittarius Window Eclipsing Extrasolar Planet Search (SWEEPS) used Hubble data to study 180,000 stars in the galaxy’s central bulge, the object being...
  • US astronomers launch search for alien life on 86 planets

    05/14/2011 9:41:28 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 5/14/11 | Kerry Sheridan
    A massive radio telescope in rural West Virginia has begun listening for signs of alien life on 86 possible Earth-like planets, US astronomers said Friday.The giant dish began this week pointing toward each of the 86 planets -- culled from a list of 1,235 possible planets identified by NASA's Kepler space telescope -- and will gather 24 hours of data on each one. "It's not absolutely certain that all of these stars have habitable planetary systems, but they're very good places to look for ET," said University of California at Berkeley graduate student Andrew Siemion. The mission is part of...
  • Alien search telescope is shelved. Funding for SETI Observatory cut to one tenth former level.

    05/06/2011 8:27:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 04/27/2011
    A monitoring system for potential extra-terrestrial communication has been shelved due to budget cuts. The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) in California has been mothballed, according to the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (Seti) Institute. Funding for the observatory, which hosts the ATA, has been cut to one-tenth its former level. The Seti Institute was established in 1984 to look for life beyond Earth. The telescopes, at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory north of San Francisco, California, have a number of science goals, including searching for radio signals from intelligent life in the Universe. "Effective this week, the ATA has been placed...
  • SETI Institute suspends search for aliens

    04/25/2011 7:58:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 4/25/11 | Lisa M. Krieger
    If E.T. phones earth, he'll get a "disconnect" signal. Lacking the money to pay its operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI Institute has pulled the plug on the renowned Allen Telescope Array, a field of radio dishes — popularized in the Jodie Foster film "Contact" — that scans the skies for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations. In an April 22 letter to donors, SETI Institute CEO Tom Pierson explained that last week the array was put into "hibernation," safe but non-functioning, due to inadequate government support. The timing couldn't be worse, say SETI scientists. After millenniums of musings, this spring astronomers announced...
  • An Anomalous SETI Signal

    02/09/2011 11:52:43 AM PST · by The Comedian · 65 replies · 1+ views
    NASA ^ | Feb. 6, 2011 | SETI/NASA
    Explanation: No one knows for sure what caused this signal. There is a slight possibility that it just might originate from an extraterrestrial intelligence. The bright colors on the blue background indicate that an anomalous signal was received here on Earth by a radio telescope involved in a Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). A search for these signals is ongoing by several groups including volunteer members of the SETI League. Time labels the vertical axis of the above plot, and frequency marks the horizontal axis. Although this strong signal was never positively identified, astronomers have identified in it many...
  • SETI: The Red Giant Factor

    10/04/2010 9:41:09 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 9/29/10 | Paul Gilster
    The ‘slow boat’ to Centauri concept we’ve discussed before in these pages envisions generation ships, vessels that take thousands of years to cross to their destination. And based on current thinking, that’s about the best we could manage with the propulsion systems currently in our inventory. Specifically, a solar sail making a close solar pass (a ‘sundiver’ maneuver) could get us up to 500 or 600 kilometers per second (0.002c), making a 2000-year journey to the nearest star possible. It’s hard to imagine under what circumstances such a mission might be launched.But let’s think long-term, as Greg Matloff (New York...
  • spotted 'mysterious pulse of light' from direction of newly-discovered '2nd Earth' two years ago

    10/01/2010 3:22:54 AM PDT · by tlb · 128 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st October 2010 | Niall Firth
    An astronomer picked up a mysterious pulse of light coming from the direction of the newly discovered Earth-like planet almost two years ago, it has emerged. Dr Ragbir Bhathal, a scientist at the University of Western Sydney, picked up the odd signal in December 2008, long before it was announced that the star Gliese 581 has habitable planets in orbit around it. Dr Bhathal had been sweeping the skies when he discovered a 'suspicious' signal from an area of the galaxy that holds the newly-discovered Gliese 581g. The remarkable coincidence adds another layer of mystery to the announcement last night...
  • SETI switching search to galactic Artificial Intelligence arrays could bring about end of humanity

    09/21/2010 6:09:15 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 55 replies
    Texarrakis ^ | 9/20/10
    Seth Shostak, a top astronomer at SETI has recently suggested that instead of trying to listen for standard transmissions from advanced alien biological lifeforms like ourselves, we should probably be listening for AI transmissions. This is based on our own experience, we as humans developed radio transmissions only a short while ago, considering the length of time our civilization has been advancing. And if we're any indication of the general route technologically capable life evolves, the galaxy is probably full of sentient AI collectives, not biological lifeforms. In an interview with the BBC, Dr Shostak said:"If you look at the...
  • Poul Anderson’s Answer to Fermi

    08/30/2010 6:56:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies
    Centauri-Dreams ^ | 8/30/10 | Paul Gilster
    Enrico Fermi’s paradox has occupied us more than occasionally in these pages, and for good reason. ‘Where are they,’ asked Fermi, acknowledging an obvious fact: Even if it takes one or two million years for a civilization to develop and use interstellar travel, that is but a blip in terms of the 13.7 billion year age of the universe. Von Neumann probes designed to study other stellar systems and reproduce, moving outward in an ever expanding wave of exploration, could easily have spread across the galaxy long before our ancestors thought of building the pyramids. Where are they indeed. Kelvin...
  • Do we dare let aliens know we’re here?

    08/18/2010 11:43:50 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 78 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/17/10 | Clara Moskowitz
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Even if humanity could reach out to an intelligent alien civilization, scientists are polarized over whether we should. Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has argued that the extraterrestrials we contacted would be likely to harm us, a view that divided the experts here at the SETIcon convention. *SNIP* However, Douglas Vakoch, director of interstellar message composition at the SETI Institute, said of aliens: "Even if they tend to be hateful, awful folks, can they do us any harm at interstellar distances?"
  • Search for Intelligent Aliens Takes Center Stage This Weekend at SETIcon

    08/12/2010 6:56:04 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies
    space.com ^ | 08/12/10 | Seth Shostak
    Astronomers, actors and a host of other science-minded professionals will descend on California this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SETI Institute and its mission to scan the universe for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life. Called SETICon, the public gathering includes a veritable feast of research presentations and discussions. Here, SETI Institute senior astronomer Seth Shostak offers a taste of what to expect and the big SETI shindig: What would happen if an Earthling astronaut encountered a Vulcan? Would they chat about the rigors of spaceflight, or merely chuckle about one another's misshapen ears?
  • Finding Frugal Aliens: Gregory Benford Proposes Twitter Approach

    07/23/2010 9:42:39 AM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Astrophysicist Gregory Benford — standing before the UCI Observatory — believes an alien civilization would transmit “cost-optimized” signals rather than the kind sought for decades by the SETI Institute. Courtesy of Steve Zylius For 50 years, humans have scanned the skies with radio telescopes for distant electronic signals indicating the existence of intelligent alien life. The search — centered at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA — has tapped into our collective fascination with the concept that we may not be alone in the universe. But the effort has so far proved fruitless, and the scientific community driving...
  • Search for extraterrestrial life gains momentum around the world

    12/22/2009 5:51:26 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 9 replies · 415+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/22/09 | Marc Kaufman
    HAT CREEK, CALIF. -- The wide dishes, 20 feet across and raised high on their pedestals, creaked and groaned as the winds from an approaching snowstorm pushed into this highland valley. Forty-two in all, the radio telescopes laid out in view of some of California's tallest mountains look otherworldly, and now their sounds conjured up visions of deep-space denizens as well.
  • Man accused of hijacking school computers for UFO search

    12/02/2009 10:33:50 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 60 replies · 2,049+ views
    nbc-2 ^ | Dec 02, 2009
    A computer administrator with the Higley Unified School District in Gilbert, Arizona, has resigned during an investigation into suspicious activity. He's accused of wasting district resources, totaling more than a million dollars to search for UFOs. The IT administrator is accused of installing a program on every one of the district's 5,000 computers. The school district was unknowingly the largest contributor to the "SETI" program, the search for extra terrestrial intelligence. Authorities say 38 year old Brad Nezloochowski rigged up Higley School District computers to help look for intelligent life in outer space. Superintendent Denise Birdwell says the district recently...
  • Can Life Exist on Other Planets?

    10/29/2009 8:08:40 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 43 replies · 1,988+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | October 2009 | Danny Faulkner, Ph.D.
    Many people make a distinction between the origin of life and the evolution of life. In this view, biological evolution refers to the gradual development of the diversity of living things from a common ancestor, while the ultimate origin of life is a separate question. This is a legitimate point, but evolution is about much more than just biology. The evolutionary worldview is that all of physical existence, both living and non-living, arose through purely natural processes. With this broad definition of evolution, abiogenesis--the spontaneous appearance of life from non-living matter--is a necessity. If life did arise on earth by...
  • Listening for SETI a Research Adventure

    08/13/2009 3:18:09 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 205+ views
    space.com ^ | 08/13/09 | Vicente Gonzaga
    A flash. Then complete darkness. I swerve wildly on my rickety bike, skidding on a soaked, winding path, squeezing my eyes shut and opening them in an attempt to get my eyesight back. Just when I regain my bearings (but not quite my eyesight), a sharp crack! throws me off my seat. I land awkwardly and stumble as the two dogs (Peach and Jasmine) scurry away to avoid me. Another flash sends them back up against my pant legs. They're shivering – fear? Cold? Probably both; thunderstorms aren't exactly great experiences for most non-humans, or most humans for that matter....
  • Aliens Lose in Switch to Digital TV

    06/18/2009 3:09:46 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 30 replies · 1,408+ views
    Space.com ^ | 18 June 2009 | Seth Shostak
    Aliens Lose in Switch to Digital TV By Seth ShostakSenior Astronomer, SETI Instituteposted: 18 June 200905:07 pm ET The United States is finally ditching analog television broadcasting, and the rest of the world is doing the same. Unless you've got a converter, the government has just morphed your trusty analog boob tube into an inert piece of furniture. Mind you, this is a good thing. Digital TV (DTV) offers better picture quality. For example, the ghost images caused by signal reflections off that high-rise office building down the block will be a thing of the past. In addition, you...
  • SETI Invites Alien Talk ("I see unseen cosmic entities")

    05/25/2009 9:07:01 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 34 replies · 1,110+ views
    CEH ^ | May 24, 2009
    SETI Invites Alien Talk May 24, 2009 — They may not be saying much to us, but we can think about what to say to them – aliens, that is.  Space.com reported on the latest project from the SETI Institute: invite people all over the world to ponder, “What would you say to an extraterrestrial civilization?”     The SETI Institute is launching a new website, Earth Speaks, to gather people’s ideas about what we should say to an alien civilization should contact be made.  “By submitting text messages, pictures, and sounds from across the globe,” CEO Thomas Pierson explained,...
  • Life on other planets? You bet, says SETI pioneer

    04/30/2009 9:43:31 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 59 replies · 1,333+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 4/30/.09 | MONICA GUZMAN
    If you'd asked 20 years ago the question he's heard over and over -- whether humanity will discover extraterrestrial intelligence in his lifetime -- Frank Drake would have shrugged and said, "sure." Today, the renowned astronomer, who turns 79 next month, admits the chances are slimming. "It's going to be a close call," he said. But even if Drake, professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California at Santa Cruz, doesn't see the day we learn we're not alone, he knows it's coming. To him, it's a mathematical inevitability. He should know. He wrote the formula. And...
  • New Earths: A Crossroads Moment

    04/16/2009 1:08:08 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies · 311+ views
    « A symposium called Crossroads: The Future of Human Life in the Universe seems timely about now (the site has been down all morning but should be up soon). With the Kepler mission undergoing calibration and CoRoT actively searching for small extrasolar worlds, we’re probably within a few dozen months of the detection of an Earth-like world around another star (and maybe, by other methods, much closer). This is sometimes referred to as the ‘Holy Grail’ of planetary sciences, but as soon as we accomplish it, a new ‘Grail’ emerges: The discovery of life on these worlds. And then...
  • Boldly Going Nowhere

    04/14/2009 5:52:28 PM PDT · by zaphod3000 · 15 replies · 656+ views
    NYT ^ | 4/13/2009 | SETH SHOSTAK
    IT’S a birthright proffered by science and prophesied by “Star Trek,” “Battlestar Galactica” and a thousand other space operas: We’re destined to go to the stars. Our descendants will spread beyond this nondescript solar system and seek adventure and bumpy-headed pals in the stellar realms. Well, cool your warp jets, Mr. Scott, because we’re not about to breach the final frontier. Piling into a starship and barreling into deep space may long remain —like perfect children or effort-free bathroom cleaners —a pipe dream. . . . [A] trip to Proxima Centauri, the nearest star beyond the Sun and 100 million...
  • What scientific or technological advance would you most like to see in your lifetime?

    03/23/2009 4:06:04 AM PDT · by mattstat · 34 replies · 738+ views
    The real geeks among us long for synthohol. Only Class A nerds know, or admit to knowing, what it is, too. But I have to tell you, your potential partner’s drinking it won’t make you any better looking. Better to stick with the real thing. I’d surely like to see cheap, readily available fusion power. With unlimited energy comes unlimited possibility. Medical advances never really grabbed my interest. Probably—and luckily—because I don’t have any sicknesses. Would be good to see genetics progress to the point where we can reliably clone humans so that we don’t deprive the world of another...
  • SETI and The Bishop of London

    02/14/2009 2:21:35 PM PST · by .cnI redruM · 5 replies · 542+ views
    The Minority Report ^ | February 12th, 2009 | .cnI redruM
    The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) experiment ended up being far more successful as a marketing gimmick than as a science project. The intrepid researchers never found the little green men. Perhaps that's because they never aimed their high-dollar radio telescopes at The Church of England. The Right Rev Richard Chartres made the following comments that suggest his familiarity with how affairs are conducted on the third planet out from Sol is nodding at best. He addressed reporters covering the Church of England's General Synod on the financial crisis."Sometimes, people seem to be relieved to get off the treadmill and...
  • Raise Money by Accomplishing Nothing (where do I sign up!)

    11/24/2008 9:34:07 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 13 replies · 538+ views
    CEH ^ | November 24, 2008
    Frank Drake is being honored on Space.com by the SETI Institute as the “Father of SETI,” His reputation is providing an opportunity for a fund raiser. For a lot of money, you can spend time with a celebrity whose accomplishments are questionable...
  • 'Aliens Cause Global Warming'

    11/07/2008 2:43:41 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies · 1,071+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Michael Crichton
    'Aliens Cause Global Warming' From a lecture delivered by the late Michael Crichton at the California Institute of Technology on Jan. 17, 2003: Cast your minds back to 1960. John F. Kennedy is president, commercial jet airplanes are just appearing, the biggest university mainframes have 12K of memory. And in Green Bank, West Virginia at the new National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a young astrophysicist named Frank Drake runs a two-week project called Ozma, to search for extraterrestrial signals. A signal is received, to great excitement. It turns out to be false, but the excitement remains. In 1960, Drake organizes the...
  • Looking for ET's neutrino beam

    05/22/2008 3:13:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 193+ views
    Physics World ^ | 5/21/08 | Edwin Cartlidge
    For several decades scientists have been using telescopes to scan the heavens for unnatural-looking radio or optical transmissions coming from intelligent alien life. With this search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) having so far failed to pick up a single signal, however, researchers in the US now believe it is worth extending the search beyond electromagnetic waves and start paying attention to neutrinos. John Learned of the University of Hawaii and colleagues have worked out that advanced alien civilizations could send messages within the Milky Way using neutrinos, and that these messages could be picked up using neutrino detectors currently under...
  • Why Don't They Do SETI?

    05/08/2008 12:15:14 PM PDT · by chaos_5 · 33 replies · 68+ views
    SPACE.com ^ | may 8 2008 | Seth Shostak
    A widespread and popular impression of SETI is that it's a worldwide enterprise. Well, it's not, and there's something modestly puzzling in that. The idea of communicating between worlds is at least 150 years old. Victorian scientists Karl Friedrich Gauss and Joseph von Littrow are both reputed to have concocted schemes to establish rapport with Moon-men or Martians by signaling them with light. Gauss was a German, and von Littrow was Austrian. But within a century, the important ideas about getting in touch with aliens were coming from the western side of the Atlantic. The fundamental concepts for radio SETI...
  • 'ET' Signal May Have Natural Cause

    01/17/2008 8:48:39 AM PST · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 17 replies · 253+ views
    KTVU News ^ | Jan 15 08 | Staff
    BERKELEY, Calif. -- On Monday, KTVU reported scientists have received an odd signal from space and some readers may have interpreted this as a confirmed extra-terrestrial contact. Scientists did confirm there was an anomalous radio signal and reported it late last year. However, as SETI@home lead scientist Dan Werthimer now clarifies, "although this pulse is not well understood..." it may have a natural origin. SETI Institute Chief Scientist Seth Shostak says the highly energetic and brief signal at first excited some researchers, who at the time thought it may be a candidate ET signal. It was received not at Arecibo,...
  • 500-fold increase in space communications leads SETI@home to call for help

    01/03/2008 5:56:31 PM PST · by xcamel · 28 replies · 39+ views
    network world ^ | 1/3/08 | Layer 8
    The longest-running search for radio signals from alien civilizations is receiving 500 times more data from an upgraded telescope and better frequency coverage than project planners anticipated, meaning the SETI@home project is in dire need of more desktop computers to help crunch the data. New, more sensitive receivers on the world’s largest radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and better frequency coverage are generating 500 times more data for the project than before, project leaders said in a release. SETI@home software has been upgraded to deal with this new data as the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) enters a new...
  • ET Too Bored By Earth Transmissions To Respond

    12/18/2007 2:29:34 PM PST · by blam · 47 replies · 96+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-18-2007 | Tom Simonite
    ET too bored by Earth transmissions to respond 16:35 18 December 2007 NewScientist.com news service Tom Simonite Messages sent into space directed at extraterrestrials may have been too boring to earn a reply, say two astrophysicists trying to improve on their previous alien chat lines. Humans have so far sent four messages into space intended for alien listeners. But they have largely been made up of mathematically coded descriptions of some physics and chemistry, with some basic biology and descriptions of humans thrown in. Those topics will not prove gripping reading to other civilisations, says Canadian astrophysicist Yvan Dutil. If...
  • SETI’s Dilemma: Break the Great Silence?

    10/15/2007 11:54:55 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 80 replies · 154+ views
    When Alexander Zaitsev presented his recent paper at the International Astronautical Congress in Hyderabad (India) recently, he spoke from the center of a widening controversy. The question is straightforward: Should we broadcast messages intentionally designed to be received by extraterrestrial civilizations, thereby notifying them of our existence? Zaitzev, chief scientist at the Russian Academy of Science’s Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics, addressed the question by seeing a necessary relationship between SETI (the search for ETI) and METI (messaging to other civilizations). Indeed, the Russian scientist, working at the Evpatoria Deep Space Center in the Ukraine, has the experience to...
  • Inauguration Day for Alien Signal-Hunting Telescope

    10/11/2007 2:05:36 PM PDT · by Freeport · 93 replies · 867+ views
    Space.com ^ | 11 October 2007 | Seth Shostak
    Today, in the remote northeast corner of California, technology innovator and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will hit the big red button. No, he won't be throwing heavy-duty machinery into an emergency shutdown, nor will he be sending ICBMs screaming from their silos (traditional functions for ruddy buttons). Instead, he'll be christening a new telescope that, in its significance, could eventually outpace the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. The famous technologist will be inaugurating the initial 42 antennas of his namesake, the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) – the first major radio telescope designed from the pedestal up to efficiently (which is...