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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ear to the Universe starts listening

Ear to the Universe starts listening: Scientific American: "A large array of radio telescopes has begun its first sustained search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) and at rates faster than ever before. Even so, the project has scrambled to find money to stay open and reach its planned size. 'We've had a chequered time here,' says Don Backer, director of the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) in Hat Creek, California. 'We're skating on thin ice.'

The ATA has 42 six-metre dishes swivelling in the high desert, far fewer than the 350 dishes planned. In May, the array began combing the centre of our Milky Way Galaxy for alien signals across a broad slice of the radio spectrum. The effort comes 50 years after the concept of SETI was invented."

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