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SETI Institute

Dammit Jim!

Despite Public Support, One of Pluto’s Moons Will Not Be Called Vulcan

The polls set up by the SETI Institute to name the two moons of Pluto have been closed, and, unfortunately, neither moon will be called Vulcan.  When the SETI institute wrapped up the polls back in February to name the two moons that had been discovered in 2011 and 2012, the name Vulcan had 175,000 votes, with Cerberus, or Kerberos, in second place with 99,432, and Styx in third.  Unfortunately, despite the fact that William Shatner convinced so many people to vote for the trekkie title for one of the moons, SETI overruled the poll.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Have an Out of this World Night’s Sleep Under this Astronaut Duvet Cover

Tony Stark expresses my feelings on this astronaut duvet cover by Dutch company Snurk (“For Horizontal Living”) rather nicely. (Boing Boing)


It Came From Outer Space

SETI Asks the Internet to Name Pluto’s Smallest Moons, Is Probably Already Inundated With Meme-Related Write-Ins

…But the names have to be related to Greek mythology, specifically to Hades (or, as the Romans knew him, Pluto) and the underworld. And no, the fact that listening to NyanCat for too long makes one want to die doesn’t count.


Oh Really?

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

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. 


Audience Participation

SETI Wants Your Brainpower, For Aliens

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.