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2013-Jul-16, 10:39 PM
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has captivated the imagination of the world like few other recent scientific projects. It's on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary science and a source of wonder to the general public.

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The article is in an Interview format

2013-Jul-16, 11:12 PM
OMG, "zeta rays"!


2013-Jul-20, 02:45 PM
Yes, lets skip right over Zeta Rays and go straight for the Yod* Rays. :)

*A nod to "The Forever War" where the heroes are fighting a war and are naming battles with letters. They soon find they need other alphabets. We don't know how many alphabets they have been through before Hebrew.

2013-Jul-20, 09:44 PM
I found her reply to being asked how she would feel if SETI has not made a discovery in 20 years time as profoundly factual.... She certainly hit the nail on the head with her reply that in 20 years time, would mean that SETI had been in operational mode for 70 years.....Her reply, "That's a time that has significance only in terms of human lifetimes. This is a big question. We live in a really old universe. We have young technology and we may not have discovered the right tools for pursuing this question, but we do reserve the right to get smarter in the future" She went on to say that "new physics" and "new technology" would become applicable in the search for indications of ETL.

Her remark in conclusion to the interview is also relevent....
" We are not crazy people looking for little green men. We are part of a large scientific enterprise to understand the limits on life."

A pity SETI needs to struggle for funds to keep operating, considering it is searching for answers to mankind's greatest questions.