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New Nebula blog

SETI@Home News - Fri, 2016-12-02 08:12
A new blog documents the progress and status of Nebula, the SETI@home back end.
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Web site upgrade

SETI@Home News - Fri, 2016-11-25 21:43
We changed the SETI@home web site to use Twitter Bootstrap, a CSS toolkit. This makes the site usable on small displays, and lets us use color schemes developed by other people (this one is called Darkly).
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SETI@home Fall 2016 Fundraiser

SETI@Home News - Fri, 2016-11-18 20:01
The SETI@home Fall 2016 fundraiser has begun. If you haven't received your fundraising letter you can find it here.

The abundance of data has made our funding needs a little more demanding this year, so we're hoping you can help us out a bit more.

As always, thanks for running SETI@home
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Celttooth has passed away.

SETI@Home News - Wed, 2016-11-16 06:03
We are sad to report the passing to long time SETI contributor Celttooth (M. Ian Russell) We will be lessened by his absence.
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Nebula: Completing the SETI@home pipeline

SETI@Home News - Mon, 2016-11-07 21:48
Read about Nebula, a new and faster back end for SETI@home. Nebula removes RFI and finds persistent signals. Its goal is to let us finish the current SETI@home experiment.
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Are aliens talking to us?

SETI@Home News - Fri, 2016-10-14 17:51
WIRED interviewed Berkeley SETI Research Center's Steve Croft and Eric Korpela, and the SETI Institute's Seth Shostak, about one method we use to figure out whether claimed ETI signals are legit: https://www.wired.com/2016/10/aliens-trying-contact-use-handy-scale/
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Another probable non-detection of ET

SETI@Home News - Tue, 2016-10-11 23:46
Dr. Korpela has posted his thoughts about the claimed detection of pulsed emission from extraterrestrial intelligence being beam at Earth from 234 different stars. He's not optimistic.

The Breakthrough Listen project has also posted a statement of a similarly cautious tone.
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Replica database offline...

SETI@Home News - Sun, 2016-10-09 20:18
The replica database will be offline until we can restore it from the primary database on tuesday (at the earlies). This will result in slowness of the web site and the scheduler.
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Behind the scenes at Berkeley SETI: Part II

SETI@Home News - Tue, 2016-09-06 20:59
In our latest video, Berkeley SETI Research Center Engineer Dave MacMahon takes us into the server room and shows us some of the equipment that powers the search: https://youtu.be/WcTcQIVrskw

Watch Part I of our interview with Dave at https://youtu.be/IOJ6-_gIyP0
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Weekly outage

SETI@Home News - Thu, 2016-09-01 04:28
Sorry about the misinformation on the weekly outage. When we're in outage mode the message uses the current day of the week as the day of the weekly outage. We will go back to Tuesday outage next week.

The delay in the outage this week was due to the media flap over the Russian announcement.
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Breakthrough Listen observations of HD 164595

SETI@Home News - Tue, 2016-08-30 19:37
The Breakthrough Listen team has posted their archival search for emission from HD 164595 and the initial analysis of their recent observations of that target.
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"Baffling" "signal" "from HD 164595" is probably none of the above.

SETI@Home News - Mon, 2016-08-29 17:50
I'm sure that many of you have seen the news reports of a "SETI signal" detected from the star HD 164595

I was one of the many people who received the the email with the subject "Candidate SETI SIGNAL DETECTED by Russians from star HD 164595 by virtue of RATAN-600 radio telescope." Since the email did come from known SETI researchers, I looked over the presentation. I was unimpressed. In one out of 39 scans that passed over star showed a signal at about 4.5 times the mean noise power with a profile somewhat like the beam profile. Of course SETI@home has seen millions of potential signals with similar characteristics, but it takes more than that to make a good candidate. Multiple detections are a minimum criterion.

Because the receivers used were making broad band measurements, there's really nothing about this "signal" that would distinguish it from a natural radio transient (stellar flare, active galactic nucleus, microlensing of a background source, etc.) There's also nothing that could distinguish it from a satellite passing through the telescope field of view. All in all, it's relatively uninteresting from a SETI standpoint.

But, of course, it's been announced to the media. Reporters won't have the background to know it's not interesting. Because the media has it, and since this business runs on media, everyone will look at it. ATA is looking at it. I assume Breakthrough will look at it. Someone will look at it with Arecibo, and we'll be along for the ride. And I'll check the SETI@home database around that position. And we'll all find nothing. It's not our first time at this rodeo, so we know how it works.
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Berkeley SETI Research Center Highlights

SETI@Home News - Thu, 2016-08-25 19:09
We hope you enjoy this five minute highlight reel of some of our previous and upcoming videos. Hear about SETI@home and the Breakthrough Listen optical and radio searches, visit the Green Bank Telescope, see our computing hardware, and meet some of our undergraduate researchers: https://youtu.be/y0betLmOYhk

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