Researchers at SETI were (very) cautiously optimistic about a mysterious new signal that could’ve come from extraterrestrials a few star systems away — but it seems the much more likely explanation is the right one.
Reports that a mysterious star could have been dimming due to the efforts of an alien race made headlines last month, though now researchers say extraterrestrials are probably not to blame. At least, are far as we can prove at this point.
Though big screen aliens are typically trying to turn us into dinner or slaves, a former Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) director says the movies have it wrong—if anything, aliens will probably just pop in to say hello.
In August we noticed that the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute received $200,000 in donations after having its budget cruelly cut back in April. Now we're happy to report that SETI has finally dusted off its ATA (Allen Telescope Array), and is back in business. The business of finding aliens, that is.
As we reported in April, the SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute was experiencing budget cuts, so it was forced to shut down their spearhead to life in space, the Alien Telescope Array. Now fans of the institute, who obviously didn't want a crimp in their first contact plans, have donated $200,000 for the cause.
Any extraterrestrials trying to get in touch with us are about to get some bad news—a busy signal. Because budget cuts have just taken one of our best tools in the search for intelligent alien life and sent it straight to mothballs.