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Initial post: Apr 25, 2011 2:17:47 PM PDT
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Sci Fi writer (and Physics Professor) Gregory Benford discusses a new approach for SETI, or looking for "quick burst" messages from ET, instead of the repeating signals SETI has been looking for up until now.

(Yes, I can hear the pests now: Old news ... Read this decades ago ... Just a revision of Pattycake's Theorem on How To Say Hello in Hullabalu ... But maybe some younger posters would be interested!)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2011 4:55:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 25, 2011 5:06:00 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
"Old news ... Read this decades ago..."

No, just last July.

"Just a revision of Pattycake's Theorem on How To Say Hello in Hullabalu"

What the hell are you babbling about? (Edit: Btw, it's usually spelled "hullabaloo".)

(What's all this sudden concern with the young? You were ranting about "innocent young minds" over in the Aliens forum earlier. Feeling our age today are we?)

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 8:13:47 PM PDT
Well, if you like 'old' news, I provide the following to all those 'young people' who maybe missed it:
"a dozen years ago, tens of thousands of people bought Lloyds of London's alien impregnation insurance. None ever collected."

"Insurance against Alien Abduction & Impregnation is normally purchased by the "feeble-minded", according to Burgess, a former Lloyd's of London underwriter."

Hey, don't blame me, I'm just the messenger. I didn't say it!

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 1:39:21 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 26, 2011 3:57:39 PM PDT
Hi Bradford,

That's good. The poor SETI folks are hurting for money and need all the recognition they can get. I posted in one of the other threads here a link to an article that says that they've cancelled the Allen telescope project due to lack of funding.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 7:28:36 AM PDT\

SHRINKING FUNDS PULLS PLUG ON SETI'S ALLEN TELESCOPE ARRAY (Other telescopes are still available, but this array was the best.)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2011 8:42:40 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:

What in the world is that backslash doing on the end of the URL? It bounces to an error page. Sheesh... why can't you just LEARN to copy the URLs like a normal person?!

Anyway... what are the odds that you would have started this thread based on a year-old webpage you turned up in your "research" and then suddenly they announce they're cutting back! You really must be psychic after all!

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 7:07:39 AM PST

SETI is back up and running, with new funding. And they are targeting the Kepler planets in the "habitable zone".

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 10:52:52 AM PDT

"In other words, if we wanted to send a signal to an alien world, alerting them to our presence, our best bet would be to send them collimated, patterned pulses of neutrinos!"

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 2:58:17 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
If one is really interested, there is the new where a "citizen scientist" can view real time data from the Allen Array in graphical format in order to, hopefully, spot ET.

And there is the old SETI at Home project now on BOINC at Its "crowd-sharing" of computer time, at least that is the in vogue term, otherwise know as distributed computing. I've been doing the SETI at Home thing for 11 years as of this coming May.
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