Friday, January 18, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. -- On Monday, KTVU reported scientists have received an odd signal from space and some readers may have interpreted this as a confirmed extra-terrestrial contact.

Scientists did confirm there was an anomalous radio signal and reported it late last year.

However, as SETI@home lead scientist Dan Werthimer now clarifies, "although this pulse is not well understood..." it may have a natural origin.

SETI Institute Chief Scientist Seth Shostak says the highly energetic and brief signal at first excited some researchers, who at the time thought it may be a candidate ET signal. It was received not at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, as reported, but rather in Australia.

The signal has not been confirmed as any sign of extra-terrestrial intelligence, although the Allen array in California is now actively searching for more of these signals.

If ET calls, let it ring
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - 2 hours ago
By BILLY COX The Internet tingled this week over the news that radio astronomers working the big dish in Arecibo had identified a possibly coded ...
ET NOT Calling, Germany - 9 hours ago
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So that’s what those men in black were doing at KTVU, CA - 21 hours ago
Bay Area TV station KTVU almost had itself one heck of a scoop the other day when it posted a story headlined “Has ET Made A Call?” about a “mystery signal” ...
SETI Gets Possible Hit, ET is Calling, Germany - Jan 16, 2008
Researchers across the globe are abuzz with the possibility that SETI has found a signal from another civilization. The mystery signal was picked up by the ...

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