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Behind the scenes at Berkeley SETI Research Center

SETI@Home News - Wed, 2016-07-27 23:57
New video! BSRC engineer Dave MacMahon talks GPUs, FPGAs, and the hardware that powers the search
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SETI.German announces fifth Wow! event

SETI@Home News - Sun, 2016-07-24 17:13
To celebrate the 39th anniversary of the Wow! signal, SETI.Germany is organizing a SETI@home crunching competition from Aug 15th to Aug 29th. Everyone is welcome!
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Vice Magazine article about Arecibo Closure

SETI@Home News - Sun, 2016-07-10 17:14
Vice Magazine has posted an article about the potential closure of the Arecibo observatory.
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Breakthrough Listen: Expanding the Search for Life Beyond Earth

SETI@Home News - Thu, 2016-07-07 19:07
BSRC's Dr. Steve Croft recently gave a one-hour public talk about how we find planets around other stars, the search for life beyond Earth, and the new Breakthrough Listen project. Watch the video at

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SETI researcher Stéphane Dumas has passed away

SETI@Home News - Fri, 2016-06-10 23:00
We are sad to hear that our friend and colleague Stéphane Dumas passed away this week. Here is a video of his recent SETItalks talk.
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Arecibo still threatened with closure.

SETI@Home News - Thu, 2016-06-09 23:15
Recently the NSF announced its intent to start the process which could lead to the partial shutdown, mothballing, or complete disassebly of the Arecibo Observatory. As most of you know, this is not a new discussion in the scientific community. Several years ago we had asked you write letters to Congress in hopes of averting this fate.

A petition has been started on to ask the President to ensure it is funded. I'm pessimistic about the chances that it will change anything, as the President cannot change Congressional budget priorities, and only has limited ability to move money between NSF programs. However, bringing attention to the issues of science funding in this country cannot hurt.
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Berkeley SETI Research Center scientists profiled by Air and Space magazine

SETI@Home News - Wed, 2016-05-25 21:29
BSRC's Dan Werthimer describes how our capabilities have improved by a factor of a trillion since the search began.
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Thanks for helping!

SETI@Home News - Mon, 2016-04-25 19:03
We couldn't do any of this without you. Our search relies on the generosity of those who donate their computing resources and electricity, their coding skills, and also financial help to make what we do possible. Any and every contribution counts, and we appreciate all of you. While we are not funded by big government grants, we are fortunate to be based at one of the world's leading public universities, where one of our most precious resources is the bright young minds who will be the scientists and engineers leading the search in the years to come.

So we invite you, if you feel motivated to do so, to help us with the resources to set up an undergraduate lab with new software-defined radio tools to help train our undergrads in the tools of the trade. To get an idea of how engaged these students are, check out our interview with Kyle at And if you'd like to support our work, please visit But whether or not you choose to contribute financially, we are so grateful for all of you that have chosen to be a part of SETI@home as we attempt together to answer humanity's biggest question. Thanks!
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Article about distribution of Breakthrough data.

SETI@Home News - Fri, 2016-04-15 00:01 has published an article about our distribution of Breakthrough Listen data.
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Breakthrough Listen data now flowing.

SETI@Home News - Tue, 2016-04-12 18:04
Happy Yuri's Night #55, the 55th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic first space flight on April 12, 1961.

In celebration, we're starting distribution of Breakthrough Listen data from the Green Bank Telescope today. No intervention is necessary on your part. The main difference you will see is a change in your screen saver graphics, if you have them running. We'll still be distributing Arecibo data as well, so that won't change.

The Breakthrough Initiative is also distributing raw data in multiple formats, so you can write your own analysis code if you'd like.

You can read about it in this press release.
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