September 2, 2014

30.04.11: Pulling the Plug on Hat Creek; SETI on-hold?

Time expousre of one of the ATA instruments.

(Credit: SETI Institute/Seth Shostak. Used with Permission).

Amidst news of royal weddings, birth certificate releases, and the usual celebrity goings on, troubling news recently came out of the University of California at Berkley. In a scene right out of certain Hollywood movie,†the National Science Foundationís funding for its Hat Creek Radio Observatory will be reduced to a tenth, effectively shutting down the Allen Telescope Array. [Read more...]

Review: Confessions of an Alien Hunter by Seth Shostak.

Out now from National Geographic Press!

Out now from National Geographic Press!

Seth Shostak has a unique tale of scientific inquiry to tell. At its heart are questions that some of the greatest thinkers of our time such as Jill Tarter and Carl Sagan have pondered; are we alone? Why are we here? How common or unique are we as a species?

Only very recently has the topic and field of exobiology become a respectable science, and Confessions of an Alien Hunter by Mr. Shostak and out by Nation Geographic Press reflects on how far we’ve come in this very elusive field and where we might be headed. [Read more...]