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Alien Geekery

I thought I’d blog about my search for aliens…yep, that’s right – aliens!

One of the things I’m most fascinated with in modern science is the SETI project. SETI is an abbreviation for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and uses radio telescopes to scan the cosmos for signals from space over different frequencies. The really awesome thing about it, is that everyone can be a part of it with ‘SETI@home’ – a project set up to use computers in homes all over the world to help scan all the data recorded. You just download the software and whenever your computer is on, the software will be scanning in the background…amazing! It’s run by the University of California and has over 3million participants!

For those of you who’ve seen the movie ‘Contact’ with Jodie Foster (based on the Carl Sagan novel) you’ll be familiar with the SETI project and the radio telescopes in Arecibo which collect the data. If you haven’t seen or read Contact, it’s an amazing story based on the search for intelligence and how the world might react to a genuine signal.

Learn more and download at the SETI@home website:
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu

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