SETI resumes at Allen Telescope Array

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22 Responses to “SETI resumes at Allen Telescope Array”

  1. Henry Pootel says:

    I love it, especially given that now with Kepler it’s not totally a shot in the dark.

  2. Jake0748 says:

    Expolanet = Exoplanet?   :D

  3. lavardera says:

    I’m hoping for a parallel world where Firefly was not canceled by Fox.

  4. I thought that the more recent thinking about SETI communication was going to be that it would probably be along the lines of lasers, given that the time frame when any given civilization would be using radio to communicate would be a relatively narrow one? Still, anything SETI related is good news in my book.

  5. semiotix says:

    “…because unless you transmit that specific code word on that specific frequency, we’ll assume you have no objection to us using your planet for target practice. Thank you for your attention, Earthlings. Message will not repeat.”

  6. Thund3r says:

    What’s an “Expolanet?”  Think you mean exoplanet right. nm .. they fixed the typo

  7. robuluz says:

    part of a formal assessment of the instrument’s utility for Space Situational Awareness

    Are you guys planning on using this as some sort of giant death ray? You are planning on using this as some sort of giant death ray, aren’t you.

  8. cservant says:

    Alright, so what are the military using it to spy on this time?

  9. (Waves wildly) Dudes, I’m right here! Right here! Down a bit! More down! Ah, forget it.

  10. LinkMan says:

    “SETI Search resumes”  right after the head scientist finishes putting his PIN number into the ATM machine…

    (pedantry directed at the original headline–Pescovitz got it right)

  11. Daniel says:

    Is SETI really science?  They obviously use the tools of radio astronomy but they’re not using them to do astronomy.  The closest thing they have to a theory is some really dubious assumptions about the likelihood of extraterrestrial intelligent life and the preferred modes of communication of such life — and none of it’s falsifiable.

    Even supposing SETI was on the right track it would be a bad thing.  Any aliens willing to come all the way out here aren’t coming for tea.  ID4 is (unfortunately) the most realistic visitation scenario IMHO.

    • Jim Saul says:

      On the other hand, never bothering to check whether there is a village in the valley next to your own doesn’t seem like a successful long-term survival strategy, either.

      • Daniel says:

        Bad analogy.  We’re not talking about two villages with comparable technologies in adjacent valleys.  We’re talking about technology so much more advanced than ours that we can’t even comprehend it.  A more reasonable analogy is to compare us to rodents and compare aliens to humans on Trident class submarines.  Submarines with nuclear warheads certainly pose an existential threat to rodents, but the long-term survival of rodents would not be any more likely if they started trying to keep tabs on the U.S. Navy.

        • Jim Saul says:

          I don’t want to frighten you unduly, but unless your terror is of the Bugblatter Beast of Traal, putting your hand over your own eyes is not an effective means of hiding.

  12. miasm says:

    More of this sort of thing and dramatically increased investment in Spaceguard might contribute to something that resembles a sane space-policy.
    Now, where did I put my space-champagne?

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