Klara on BBC World News

On Friday the 13th at 9:30am I received an email from BBC World News TV, the international rolling news channel in London, asking me to come into the studio at about 12 to talk about SETI’s initiative to send messages to any extraterrestrials who may exist in the universe. The photo below illustrates what has happened:
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SETI Institute: Communicating Across the Cosmos Final Summary

For over a half century, astronomers involved in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) have scanned the skies for signals from distant civilizations. Would humans be able to decode information-rich signals from another planet? Could we create a “universal language” that would be meaningful to an independently evolved civilization.

iWhile the two-day workshop was closed to the public, all talks were posted on the SETI Institute’s Youtube channel. On the day following the workshop, several of the speakers summarized the key ideas discussed as part of the SETI Institute’s public weekly colloquium series, held on November 12, at 12:00 noon.

Universe Today: Report on the Communicating Across the Cosmos workshop Part 3 Bridging the Vast Gulf

Paul Patton opens the third part of the report by saying: “If extraterrestrial civilizations exist, the nearest is probably at least hundreds or thousands of light years away. Still, the greatest gulf that we will have to bridge to communicate with extraterrestrials is not such distances, but the gulf between human and alien minds. In mid-November, the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California sponsored an academic conference on interstellar communication, “Communicating across the Cosmos“. The conference drew 17 speakers from a variety of disciplines, including linguistics, anthropology, archeology, mathematics, cognitive science, radio astronomy, and art. In this installment we will explore some of the formidable difficulties that humans and extraterrestrials might face in constructing mutually comprehensible interstellar messages.”

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To read full article go to Communicating Across the Cosmos, Part 3: Bridging the Vast Gulf.

UK SETI Research Network

The UK SETI Research Network is a group of UK academics at a number of institutions who are active in the field of the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence. Its purpose is to promote academic SETI activity in the UK.

To find out more about the research network members and the present activities of the UKSRN visit the UK SETI website.

Report to the IAA on the 5th “Search for Life Signatures” symposium held at UNESCO

Report to the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) on the 5th “Search for Life Signatures” symposium held at UNESCO in Paris was written by Dr. Claudio Maccone IAA (Director for Scientific Space Exploration and Chair, IAA SETI Permanent Committee); the report is now available to download (PDF).