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Want To Help Find E.T.? Now You Can

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


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.

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"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.

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