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SETI Man Thinks We'll Find Aliens Within 20 Years

One of the key men behind the SETI project thinks that advances in processing power means we're likely to find concrete evidence of alien life within the next 20 years, which will certainly give the Pope something interesting to tweet about. Read More >>

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Why it's So Hard to Find Alien Life

A big reason why the Fermi paradox has punch is the matter of time. Max Tegmark gets into this in his excellent new book Our Mathematical Universe (Knopf, 2014), where he runs through what many thinkers on the subject have noted: Our Sun is young enough that countless stars and the planets that orbit them must have offered homes for life long before we ever appeared. With at least a several billion year head start, wouldn't intelligent life have had time to spread, and shouldn't its existence be perfectly obvious by now? Read More >>

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How Space Heat Helps Us Hunt Down Alien Technologies

My colleagues and I have begun the Glimpsing Heat from Alien Technologies (G-HAT) SETI programme, which has been written about here on Centauri Dreams and in other places, like in this nice summary article. I describe some of the foundations of the search here on my blog, but I have written up this short primer for Centauri Dreams to collect much of what is there into a single post. Read More >>

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Of Course the Internet Names Pluto's New Moon Vulcan

If you leave votes for things up to the internet, there are normally only two outcomes. Either you end up with a cat, or something from Star Wars or Star Trek. The later is true when it comes to space. Yes, the internet has decreed that Pluto's new moon be called "Vulcan". Read More >>

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SETI's Back In Business With US Air Force Space Command Cash

The Allen Telescope Array and the search for alien life is back on, thanks in no small part to the US Air Force. While funding included personal donations from fans, the bulk of the cash for the search for ET has come from USAF Space Command. Point those radio arrays at Kepler-22b boys -- time to find out whether there really are aliens. Read More >>

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