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Checking in from Scotland, IAA SETI Committee member Martin Dominick was one of roughly two dozen participants in the first global IAA SETI Committee video update meeting, held on 10 August 2017.
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18 November 2017

Checking in from California, IAA SETI Committee member Jill Tarter was one of roughly two dozen participants in the first global IAA SETI Committee video update meeting, held on 10 August 2017.
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11 November 2017

Checking in from Hungary, IAA SETI Committee member Ivan Almar was one of roughly two dozen participants in the first global IAA SETI Committee video update meeting, held on 10 August 2017.
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4 November 2017

Checking in from Canada, IAA SETI Committee member Lori Walton was one of roughly two dozen participants in the first global IAA SETI Committee video update meeting, held on 10 August 2017.
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28 October 2017

The SETI League congratulates Caltech professor emeritus Kip Thorne on his receipt of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics. Kip is a longtime friend to SETI science. His Nobel-worthy contributions are summarized in this poem by our Executive Director.
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21 October 2017

Checking in from Florida, IAA SETI Committee member Denise Herzing was one of roughly two dozen participants in the first global IAA SETI Committee video update meeting, held just two months ago.
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14 October 2017

Checking in from Italy, IAA SETI Committee chairman Claudio Maccone was one of roughly two dozen participants in the first global IAA SETI Committee video update meeting, held on 10 August 2017.
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7 October 2017

This mosaic of participant thumbnails shows most of the roughly two dozen SETI scientists from ten different countries who participated in the first global IAA SETI Committee video update meeting, held on 10 August 2017. The teleconference was such a success that future ones will be scheduled every few months, facilitating collaboration and cooperation between Committee members worldwide.
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30 September 2017

At the August Breakthrough Listen monthly teleconference, University of Puerto Rico professor Abel Mendez (upper right, second from top) reported on his recent C-band observation of SETI candidate targets from Arecibo.
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23 September 2017

At last month's Breakthrough Listen teleconference, University of Puerto Rico professor Abel Mendez showed us which of the Kepler extrasolar planetary systems could be observed from Arecibo.
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16 September 2017

Participants at last month's Breakthrough Listen teleconference included SETI League executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch (upper right corner) and a dozen colleagues from around the world.
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9 September 2017

SETI League life members Dr. SETI (H. Paul Shuch) and Dr. Mom (Muriel Hykes) observed last month's total solar eclipse from 80TN, a 1700 foot private grass airstrip in Lenoir City, TN, USA. See this related editorial.
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2 September 2017

Another great turnout at NRAO Green Bank, WV last month, for the 2017 annual meeting and technical conference of our sister organization SARA (Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers).
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26 August 2017

The SETI League was proud to be a sponsor of the first SETI Hackathon, held in San Francisco in June. These participants competed as teams, seeking to develop new signal classification algorithms and models that can aid in the radio signal detection efforts at the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array (ATA) in Northern California.
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19 August 2017

The 2017 Western Conference of SETI League sister organization SARA (Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers), held in Socorro NM in March, was very well attended. It included a number of technical presentations on various facets of radio astronomy. The third day of the conference consisted of a tour of the Very Large Array and the Long Wavelength Array sites 50 miles west of Socorro.
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12 August 2017

At Balticon 51, the "Ask a Scientist" panel included (left to right) Doctors Jim Beall, Tom Holtz, Clair McCague, Timothy A. Livengood, and H. Paul Shuch (Also known as Dr. SETI). We had a blast with our standing-room only audience! Fortunately for Beall, the first question was an incredibly specific one on the physics of gamma ray shielding! We're talking Compton Scattering, Photo-Electric Effect, and Pair Production! After that, the questions were all over the place, including ocean thermal mixing, nuclear sub-particles, and why bird-type dinos escaped the extinction event. (Dr. Shuch noted that the reason for the avi dinos survival was a matter of a pinion. Everyone groaned.)
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5 August 2017

Drs. Tim Livengood and H. Paul Shuch appeared together on a Science Track panel at Balticon 51, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society's annual convention, this past May.
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29 July 2017

Nuclear physicist James Beall sent along this picture from Balticon 51, where he participated in the panel "Exoplanet Biomes: Where Fact is Stranger than Fiction" with Chuck Gannon, Timothy A. Livengood, Claire McCague, H Paul Shuch, and Robert Chase. Great discussions on Fermi Paradox (and solutions!), Drake Equation, water as a solvent, exoplanet news, and more.
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22 July 2017

SETI League executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch unveils the Backup Earth METI project to attendees at the Balticon 51 science fiction convention in May 2017.
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15 July 2017

Dr. SETI (Prof. H. Paul Shuch) reporting on five decades of SETI science at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society's 51st annual convention in May.
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8 July 2017

Prof. Shuch described the historic Arecibo interstellar radio message of 1974 at the Balticon 51 science fiction convention in late May.
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1 July 2017

At the Balticon 51 science fiction convention last month, through the magic of PowerPoint, executive director H. Paul Shuch introduced SETI League life member Bill Kitchen, founder of the Interstellar Beacon initiative.
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24 June 2017

At the recent SETI Italia conference in Milan, Elisabeth Piotelet, our volunteer Retional Coordinator for France, presented a history of SETI League activities in Europe.
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17 June 2017

Several SETI League members were among the more than two dozen SETI scientists in attendance at last week's SETI Italia conference in Milan.
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10 June 2017

Ted Grussing writes:
"All over our planet we have installed massive arrays of radio telescopes whose purpose is to listen to the cosmos in our continuing search for life beyond our solar system … are they listening too … who are they … what will be their intentions if they listen to us too and seek us out … are they secretly communications with other life forms on our planet? Perhaps life forms we deem as simple are actually complex and masquerading as simple so as to deceive us until it is too late for us to mount a reasonable defense … could my Argentine Giant Cactus flower be such a being or device? It looks like it ."
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3 June 2017

The late Nobel laureate Prof. Charles H. Townes circa 2008, setting up for infrared spatial interferometry experiments at the Mount Wilson Observatory. Not surprisingly (as he was co-inventor of the laser), Charlie was an early proponent of Optical SETI, a science that is only now starting to come into its own.
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27 May 2017

Last month's Breakthrough Listen teleconference (see last two Featured Photos) included a virtual tour of the Murchison Widefield Array in western Australia.
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20 May 2017

At last month's Breakthrough Listen teleconference (see last week's Featured Photo), participants got a first look at signal analysis hardware now being used for SETI observations at the Green Bank Telescope.
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13 May 2017

Last month, the University of California, Berkeley SETI Group (large central image) hosted the Breakthrough Listen initiative's first teleconference. The hour-long meeting was attended by twenty SETI scientists, including The SETI League's executive director (upper right hand corner). SETI League members Skip Crilly (lower left hand corner) and Jill Tarter (lower right hand corner) also participated. Monthly follow-on meetings are planned.
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6 May 2017

Renowned space architect John Spencer has joined SETI League members Bill Kitchen, H. Paul Shuch, and Stuart Kingsley on the Interstellar Beacon Advisory Board. Spencer is senior space science advisor and futurist for the Science and Entertainment Exchange, which is part of the National Academy of Science. Exchange advisors assist producers, directors and writers to improve the quality and accuracy of science in movies, TV shows and computer games.
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29 April 2017

At the Physikalisches Institut der Universität zu Köln (Germany), Herr Prof. Dr. Günter Nimtz has been experimenting for almost two decades with quantum entanglement, using this apparatus. Though still controversial, some researchers suggest that quantum tunneling might be a viable medium for interstellar communications.
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22 April 2017

The feed arrangement used by member James Van Hise to illuminate his four-meter dish (see last week's Featured Photo) is a cylindrical waveguide horn and single choke ring (as described in the Technical Manual section of this website). Adjustment of the choke ring placement controls illumination beamwidth, compensating for the low F/D ratio of his dish.
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15 April 2017

Member James Van Hise, who two years ago went online with a SETI Horn of Plenty antenna, has now upgraded his hydrogen line radio telescope to this four meter diameter parabolic reflector, fabricated by extending the ribs of an existing three meter dish (thus lowering the F/D ratio somewhat).
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8 April 2017

In February at the University of California, Berkeley, KLT expert Claudio Maccone (second from left) educated a new generation of SETI scientists about the Karhunen Loeve Transform.
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1 April 2017

Over the past few months, we've followed the progress as Scott, VE3CGN, assembled his Project Argus station in Canada. After his 3-meter dish was mounted and had received a fresh coat of flat black paint, Mother Nature decided to repaint half of it white.
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25 March 2017

With a junction box in place atop the conduit (see last week's Featured Photo), Scott, VE3CGN, next mounted a positioning actuator to his 3 meter Project Argus dish.
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18 March 2017

Scott, VE3CGN, our volunteer Regional Coordinator for Central Canada, installed conduit to carry cables to and from his 3 meter Project Argus dish.
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11 March 2017

This NASA-style Four Quadrant Briefing Chart summarizes an Optical METI project being proposed by SETI League life member Bill Kitchen. Since the QuadChart is a dynamic document, one can expect the schedule and milestones to change as the project progresses.
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4 March 2017

Last fall member Scott, VE3CGN, mounted his 3 meter Project Argus dish to its supporting mast.
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25 February 2017

Last Fall (before the ground froze) Canadian member Scott, VE3CGN, planted this mast in the ground to support his 3 meter Project Argus dish.
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18 February 2017

At Philcon 2016, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society convention in Cherry Hill NJ last November, SETI League executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch took first place in the annual songwriting contest (for the second year in a row!)
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11 February 2017

SETI League life member Muriel Hykes participated in science programming at Philcon 2016, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society's annual convention, in Cherry Hill, NJ last November.
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4 February 2017

Executive Director Emeritus H. Paul Shuch sang some of his SETI songs at Philcon 2016, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society's annual convention, in Cherry Hill, NJ last November.
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28 January 2017

Executive Director Emeritus H. Paul Shuch participated in science panels at Philcon 2016, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Socety's annual convention, in Cherry Hill, NJ last November.
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21 January 2017

The wine flowed freely at the International Astronautical Congress annual SETI Dinner in Guadalajara, Mexico last October, generously hosted by Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Listen Project.
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14 January 2017

The IAA SETI Committee met to conduct routine business at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico last October.
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7 January 2017

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