Here is a small note from my colleage at the SETI Insitute, Frank Marchis.
Read the Mashable article at http://mashable.com/2011/05/05/seti-gamify/
A colleague forward this YouTube Video from Carl Sagan
I don't know the person who has prepared and posted this video. But I am thankful they did. This is probably the best explanation of SETI I have seen.
It is heartening to see the outpouring of support for the cause of SETI and the Allen Telescope Array. Thank you to those who have donated funds.
While we work on funding alternatives, we should take a few minutes to celebrate other aspects of the project. Here are a few things that you may or may not have been aware of.
We have been getting a lot of enquiries about the ATA hibernation and how it affects the setiQuest project. See http://setiquest.org/blog/allen-telescope-array-temporary-hibernation for a full explanation.
6pm at the SETI Institute
We will be hosting this meetup and providing an introduction to what setiQuest is doing and request ideas for a setiQuest iPhone app for kids. All ideas welcome, let's discuss!
We have talked about the future of ATA for a while. Tom Pierson, in a letter last week formalized it. Here is additional information from the letter.
This week's poll is designed to get you thinking about how ET could communicate with us. It is often argued that SETI is so difficult that the aliens will send us the simplest conceivable signal -- a sine wave -- which tells us no more than the simple text ("I'm at
the mall this location in the galaxy.") A growing number of scientists believe that ET may send us a signal containing unlimited information, like a prolonged monologue.
We have created the first of many setiQuest podcasts.
Visit out podcasts page to listen to our first and future setiQuest podcasts.
Doug Vakoch, a senior researcher at the SETI Institute recently edited a book on Commincating with Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
Here is an idea he and I have been discussing. Tell us what you think of the idea.