If you’ve ever spent a night under the stars, it’s likely that, if only for a single moment, you’ve thought about Life Out There. Whether you’re a believer or not, it’s hard to go camping without being surrounded by the idea as soon as those big balls of light start showing their pretty faces. My feelings towards extraterrestrial beings are clearly augmented after a few sips of blackberry brandy around the campfire, but I suppose that’s to be expected.

Stuff You Should Know, a favorite around these parts, posted a new podcast earlier this month that explores the origin, aims and challenges of  SETI (Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence), the institute and the term that explains the general search for alien life. It also starts off explaining the wonderful photo above, known as the Wow! Signal.

Listen to the podcast here.

Watch the 1997 trailer for Contact, written by Carl Sagan and starring Jodi Foster as a SETI scientist, right here.


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3 Responses to SETI

  1. terry fraser April 9, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    to find new life on another planet might be a suprise, but after the fact, we have to build ower own space ships, healthy civilization,(dna)that we would NOT contaminate other life, its up to us to build a new particle collider that is intergated with all finacail transactions, and be happy, not like the home coming christopher columbous got when he got home, Y well POINT, particles X-Y-Z.

  2. terry fraser April 9, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    if you notice how the cern particle collider is made, fiqure 8, turn it sideways and then on its side , makes an infinity symbial.there on the right track

  3. terry fraser April 10, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    we know satlites are cheap to build(out of standard products copper alumuinum $100,000)but real satlites are made of solid gold and platinuim, 7 tonnes of processors gets expessive,$ 10 billion dollars- now take blind people for example, to stimulate the optic nerve you need a standard salin contact, then second cover lense made this way, .05mm X.02mm pixels slices with platuinuim and gold,in between these pixels ferrior fluid, and mercury, very radiative creating wave lenghths converted to light 33 power raditation, these raditions are then created in to a back pixel that generates a focal point on the optic nerve, so the incoming light is charged by a small over lap of the pupil (calculator charge)terry fraser calgary alberta peterlougheed hospital

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