Archive for the ‘SETI’ Category

E.T. Not Home

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

What if we ARE all alone? Scientists say Earth may be a ‘one-off fluke’ and the Milky Way’s billions of other planets may all be lifelessO

White House Denies Any Contact with Alien Life

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Strike one more blow against UFO conspiracy theories. The U.S. government is not in contact with any extraterrestrials from other worlds, nor has any confirmed proof of alien life been found, White House officials say.


Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Could NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting space telescope stumble upon E.T.’s attempt at interstellar communication via a giant orbiting billboard?
SETI veteran scientist Jill Tarter pointed me to this imaginative prospect after reading my recent posting about Kepler’s potential to detect rings around extrasolar planets.

Alien finding institute Seti runs out of cash to operate telescope

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The Organisation’s brand new $50m array put in hibernation, reducing chances of finding elusive extraterrestrial signal.
The Seti Institute has spent five decades hunting the skies for radio signals from deep space, possible communications which may indicate we are not alone in the universe.

Alien Life Found in Meteorites? Scientist’s Claim Stirs Debate

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ET debate engines. A NASA biologist has claimed he discovered microfossil organisms — ancient bacteria — inside slices of rare meteorites that fell to Earth and were found in France, Tanzania, India, Canada and the icy Yamato Mountains of Antarctica.

Earthling Scientists Work on Plan to Call ETs

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

It’s been nearly 40 years since humans first tried contacting extraterrestrials with radio telescope technology, and as far as we know, nobody has said “hello” back to us.

Researchers Call For Creation of Standardized METI Protocol For Talking To Extraterrestrials

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

The Allen Telescope Array is designed to search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Wikimedia Commons
Since the first binary code sent from Puerto Rico in 1974, our messages to aliens have been increasingly complicated and cryptic, possibly so much that extraterrestrials won’t get what we’re saying.

Life at the SETI Institute: Cynthia Phillips — Decipering the Cosmic Puzzle

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

An expert in processing spacecraft images of the planets, Dr. Cynthia Phillips is particularly interested in the search for active geological processes on Mars, Europa, Io, and beyond. These worlds represent locations where liquid water, a possible indicator of life, could be present today.

Open-sourcing SETI

Friday, August 27th, 2010

The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence got a boost this week with the release of the first open source code from setiQuest.

Alien hunters ‘should look for artificial intelligence

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

A senior astronomer has said that the hunt for alien life should take into account alien “sentient machines”.

Listening for Aliens: What Would E.T. Do?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

What would E.T. do? It’s an improbable question, but it’s one Gregory Benford has been thinking about a lot lately. That’s not entirely surprising, since Benford is an award-winning science-fiction writer. In this case, though, he’s speaking in his capacity as a professor of physics at the University of California at Irvine. Along with his twin brother, James, and James’ son Dominic, Benford has been rethinking the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, now celebrating its 50th year.


Monday, June 21st, 2010

Last week Hubble Space Telescope images definitively showed that the bright flash of light seen on Jupiter was simply a meteor. Albeit, a blinding bright meteor to be seen across 400 million miles of interplanetary space. As reported by Ian O’Neill Hubble failed to find any telltale debris as seen in Jupiter comet and asteroid impacts.


Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Fifty years ago, Philip Morrison and Giuseppe Cocconi proposed that extraterrestrial civilizations could be communicating via radio waves and that we could eavesdrop on the conversation. At the same time, Frank Drake was planning a search for such signals, using the 85-foot radio telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia, for the first SETI project, or the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

Ethics for Extraterrestrials

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Remember the episode of “The Twilight Zone” where the earthlings discover only too late that a book brandished by extraterrestrial visitors, titled “To Serve Man,” is not, in fact, a philanthropic manifesto — but, sadly, a cookbook?

NASA to talk about search for extraterrestrials

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

For some time now, NASA scientists have been searching for extraterrestrial life on other planets. NASA will hold a news conference Wednesday to talk about what it has learned.

SETI: The water hole

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

“Where shall we meet our neighbours? At the water hole, where species have always gathered” – Dr Bernard Oliver,

Signs of E.T. in our own back yard

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Astronomers clinked glasses to fête the 50th anniversary of the search for alien life this month. A few have been grumbling, however, that there isn’t yet anything to celebrate.

Can you hear me now?

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

After five decades of searching without success, alien hunters reevaluate their approach and seek out new modes of extraterrestrial interaction.

Project Ozma: The First SETI

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

A favorite scene from the 1997 science-fiction thriller Contact shows astronomer Ellie Arroway (played by Jodie Foster) sitting with her laptop and using headphones to listen for an alien radio beacon. Her “receiver,” a few hundred yards away, is the cluster of giant radio telescopes called the Very Large Array.

Life at the SETI Institute: Laurance Doyle, A Man of Many Firsts

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Dr. Laurance Doyle is a true renaissance man who thrives on discovery. His passion is to immerse himself into scientific mysteries and go, as the oft-quoted Star Trek phrase states, “where no man has gone before.”