From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:56:55 -0500 Archived: Thu, 01 Mar 2012 08:56:55 -0500 Subject: Want To Help Find E.T.? Now You Can Source: WGNRadio.Com http://tinyurl.com/6qgzmll February 29, 2012 Want To Help Find E.T.? Now You Can Adler team launches website to let public help in search for extraterrestrial life By Rex W. Huppke Tribune reporter Look out, extraterrestrials. Regular human beings - the same folks who struggle to figure out self-checkout lines at grocery stores - are now listening to your every move. Astronomers at Adler Planetarium launched a website today that allows anyone with a computer to join in the search for possible radio signals from alien life. The site is SETIlive.org - SETI is an organization whose name stands for Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. Computers already monitor radio signals collected by a California-based array of radio telescopes. But researchers believe the computers can't filter through the full spectrum of signals - many of which are just interference caused by satellites and cell phones - and humans may be more likely to identify what could be signs of alien life. WGN Radio Now alerts by e-mail or text "Humans have this unique ability to pick out all sorts of complicated signals, even when it's noisy", said Adler astronomer Chris Lintott, who led the project. "Think about talking to a person in a crowded room. The plan is to search for signals from alien civilizations in a way that hasn't been done before, which is to get human brains to look at data as it comes off the telescope live." The radio signals appear on the website as patterns, everything from an array of dots to a spaghetti-like swirl of solid and broken lines. The site provides a tutorial on how to differentiate common interference signals from unusual signals that might be worth investigating. If someone sees something intriguing, that person can tag it on their Web browser. [More at site... ] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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