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SETI May Finally Find ET

SETI had been engaged in what most scientists have believed for years is an extremely unlikely quest to pick up intelligently generated signals from alien civilizations. The reason is that SETI has only be able to listen for very powerful signals that might be intentionally beamed toward earth. The chances of finding such signals have been...

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SETI Backtracks on Signal

A report appeared Thursday in the prestigious weeklymagazine of science, the New Scientist, suggesting that asignal acquired by the SETI project in February might beworth examining for possible intelligent origin. This reportis now being described by some SETI scientists as "internet hype."

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A New World is Coming

In his new journal,Whitley writes: "It's such an eerie time right now. Theweather is changing radically before our eyes, with sixteentyphoons in the Pacific this year and powerful hurricanesstill forming, with extraordinary environmental changes thatsuggest that the planet's natural system is in the processof a profound breakdown, and far...

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ET Could Hack SETI

SETI, which uses down time on the computers of thousands of volunteers to search for intelligent signals from space, has a potential problem?besides information, a broadcast to us from an alien intelligence could also carry a computer virus.

While this may sound like an idea from a science fiction movie, Leonard David writes in

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Searching at the Edge

Martin Rees, Britain's astronomer royal, says, "Our cosmic importance depends on whether we are alone or not. The main aim of science is to take steps toward answering the big questions." Now a Swedish university is funding a chair for a professor of the paranormal and SETI says they're being taken seriously?it's a start.

Sweden's Lund...

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The primitive horseshoe crab lived on the Earth 250 million years ago, and is still with us today. Now scientists think they can use its blood to detect life on other planets. When a horseshoe crab is injured, its blood, which is the color blue, clots in order to keep infection out. "One of the reasons the horseshoe crab has survived for so...

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New ET Search

Astronomers around the world have searched the skies for ET using data from radio telescopes, looking for signals from another civilization. Now Nobel laureate Charles Townes thinks we should return to the old-fashioned method of looking through telescopes because bright bursts of laser light would indicate intelligent life is out there.

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Building Block of Life in Space

An amino acid that is one of the building blocks of life onEarth has been found in deep space. This means that thechemistry needed to create life is not unique to Earth,making it more likely that life exists on other planets. Italso means that molecules from space may have made their wayto Earth and started life here. Amino acids are...

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Detecting ET Breath

If life is widespread on a planet, its atmosphere should show signs of its presence. The air we exhale has more carbon dioxide and less oxygen than the air we inhale, and in the same way, the combined ?breathing? of all the life on a planet will change the chemistry of its atmosphere. If life exists on the planet, these changes may be large...

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New Alien Message

A message that will be broadcast into space later in 2002 has been released to scientists worldwide, so that they can test that it to make sure it be decoded easily. If the new message was based on language, it would be impossible for an alien intelligence to decode it. So the designers converted a two-dimensional image into a binary string of...

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Silly SETI Survey

Since the first SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) observations in the 1960s, there have been scientists studying the possibility of life beyond Earth who have little or no formal training in astronomy, physics, or engineering. These are social scientists, with backgrounds in fields such as anthropology, political science, and...

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We Can Learn About ET Speech from Ancient Civilizations

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is based on the idea that a search of the cosmos may reveal artificial signals that are being transmitted intentionally or as electromagnetic noise, like TV and radio signals.

But if we do detect these signals, what will they tell us other than the fact that we are not alone? The...

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SETI Now Seeks Light Signals

The universe seems determined to maintain radio silence, so SETI astronomers involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are broadening their hunt and looking for light signals directed at Earth. This method has been tried before but previous experiments have been plagued by false alarms.

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SETI Gets Some Congressional Support--Finally!

In a hearing last week of the House space science subcommittee, lawmakers applauded efforts to find evidence of life elsewhere in the universe and to search for other Earthlike worlds, just seven years after some lawmakers dismissed their efforts as a search for ?little green men.?

?The discovery of life in the universe would be one of...

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