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New search methods are ramping up the hunt for alien intelligence

1 month ago   |   By Science News for Students

New search methods are ramping up the hunt for alien intelligence : For about a week in 1960, radio astronomer Frank Drake thought he might have discovered aliens. He had pointed the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's new 26-meter telescope at the star Epsilon Eridani on April 8 of that year, and within minutes, the instruments went wild. The telescope's readout device, a chart recorder that used a pen to scratch out signatures of incoming signals on paper, scribbled erratically. A speaker connected to the telescope blared a train of strong pulses - just the kind of transmission...
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