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Jill Tarter

  1. Astronomer Jill Tarter Talks About Inspiring Contact in This Episode of The Secret Lives of Scientists

    Let's get Jodie Foster to make a biopic about Jill Tarter!

    Astronomer Jill Tarter is the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in California. She spends her days searching for intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe. In this episode of NOVA's The Secret Lives of Scientists, she talks about how she inspired the main character in Carl Sagan's Contact.

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  2. Directed SETI Search of 86 Star Systems Comes Up Empty-Handed

    The results of a three-month long directed search of a small patch of sky by researchers at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) are officially in, and they are disappointing. Well, disappointing for anyone who was hoping they would come back showing some glimmer of intelligent life elsewhere in the galaxy. If you're particularly worried about alien invasions, though, you can sleep peacefully for at least one more night, as a close survey of 86 stars turned up none of the signals indicative of life that the SETI scientists were looking for.

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  3. There Will Be A Bake Sale To Benefit NASA This Weekend. Yes, Really.

    Not a Misprint

    NASA, we knew things were tough but we had no idea it was this tough.  This Saturday, there will be a bake sale held to raise money for space programs. There may also be a car wash in the near future. Why has NASA resorted to the tactics of middle school PTA members? To make a point. 

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  4. Former Head of SETI Says Aliens Totally Don’t Want To Eat Us. Well, In That Case…

    Oh Really?

    Former SETI director Jill Tarter (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) has felt the need to go on the record and let the public know aliens don't really want to eat us. That's all well and good but how could this be when most overdramatized science-fiction tells us different? Is Tarter in league with an alien race?? Is she an alien??? All of these answers, as well as the real story, after the jump. 

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  5. SETI Needs Your Eyes to Scan the Skies for Alien Life

    People have been turning over their computer's processor power to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) with SETI@home for years. However, this was a passive affair, and didn't really give folks an involved role in the hunt for E.T.. However, a new project called SETI Live launches today, and it needs your pattern-searching eyes to help track down possible signals from another world in a section of previously ignored radio data.

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  6. SETI Wants Your Brainpower, For Aliens

    Audience Participation

    The SETI's no stranger to crowd sourced solutions. For years, their SETI@home initiative has harnessed the downtime of millions of computers to sift through the data collected by Arecibo Observatory, searching for anomalous patterns in the radio waves from deep space to see if any of them look organized enough to have to have been created by a form of intelligence. But their newest initiative, SETI Live, is too much for even the 769 teraFLOPS (as of 2009) combined processing power of SETI@home. Nope, SETI is asking you to lend your own cutting-edge-of-billions-of-years-of-evolutionary-honing pattern recognizer to their cause. You know, the one you keep between your ears and slightly behind your eyes.

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