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Matt Lebofsky on hacking your job, and managing SETI data

SETI@Home News - Mon, 2015-07-06 18:29
Developer Matt Lebofsky is key to keeping SETI@home software & databases running. Check out our latest video profile of one of the guys who sends you your work units.
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Questions and Answers

SETI@Home News - Tue, 2015-06-23 21:51
We put out a call on Twitter and Facebook for questions for our scientists and engineers. We picked seven of the submissions and had our team give short answers.

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Eric Korpela on UFOs and Conspiracy Theories

SETI@Home News - Fri, 2015-06-12 18:20
Berkeley SETI Research Center Project Scientist Eric Korpela talks about giant red aliens, sky queens, and what we'll do when we make contact. Check out our latest video profile at
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The challenges of funding SETI

SETI@Home News - Wed, 2015-06-03 18:00
Getting a steady stream of funding for SETI research is a challenge, as BSRC Director Andrew Siemion explains in this short video.
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SETI@Home News - Thu, 2015-05-21 17:55
Check out SETI@Andalucía, a new Spanish-language web site about SETI and SETI@home.
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Video interview with Seth Shostak from the SETI Institute

SETI@Home News - Mon, 2015-05-18 17:53
Seth Shostak from the SETI Institute recently visited Berkeley SETI Research Center and took time to chat with us about challenges in the search (including funding!), as well as why he thinks we have a chance to detect ETI during the next couple of decades. Watch the four minute video at
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Network Outage - Sunday May 17th

SETI@Home News - Wed, 2015-05-13 20:08
On Sunday, May 17th campus is upgrading the network infrastructure at the facility hosting our servers. We will bringing the projects down for about 6-8 hours (starting at 8am, Pacific Time) to avoid complications during the upgrade.
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Shelley Wright: Is ET using infrared lasers to communicate?

SETI@Home News - Mon, 2015-05-11 17:16
Shelley Wright, a former postdoctoral scientist in the UC Berkeley Astronomy Department, and now faculty at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, visited Berkeley SETI Research Center recently to talk about infrared and optical SETI, and how ET might be using huge lasers to communicate. Watch our four minute video interview at
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"Dan Werthimer: Are We Alone?" Talk Video

SETI@Home News - Wed, 2015-04-22 00:42
Did you know that at one time our best idea to contact ET was a 20 mile wide pit full of burning kerosene? SETI@home Chief Scientist Dan Werthimer gave a talk last Saturday on the history and current state of SETI. You can watch the video at
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Summary of Berkeley SETI Research

SETI@Home News - Sat, 2015-04-11 00:14
Here's a research poster by BSRC director Andrew Siemion from 2013 (but still mostly up to date) summarizing our group's work, including SETI@home.

We are currently working on deep cleaning one of our databases (see, but we hope to have new work units out to your clients soon. Thanks for crunching!
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Workunit shortage

SETI@Home News - Thu, 2015-04-09 21:51
Due to recent problems we are doing a deep cleaning of one of our larger databases. Update: though we are still working on the database, we were able to start workunit generation again over the weekend.
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SETI@home World Visualization

SETI@Home News - Wed, 2015-04-01 22:21
Check out this new animated map showing SETI@home data transmissions during a 5 minute period within the last 24 hours (updated regularly - click on image to view):
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False News Report

SETI@Home News - Tue, 2015-03-31 15:17
Over the weekend a false news report from a known source of false news reports reported that we had detected an extraterrestrial signal. Of course, if we had, known sources of real news reports would also be carrying the story.

In other words, no such luck.
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Berkeley SETI scientists using new techniques in ET search

SETI@Home News - Fri, 2015-03-20 18:11
Prof. Shelley Wright from UC San Diego, working with members of the BSRC team including Dan Werthimer, Andrew Siemion, and Geoff Marcy, successfully achieved first light last weekend on a new instrument to search for pulses of infrared light from extraterrestrial intelligence. This exciting new area of research is highly complementary to our ongoing work using radio telescopes and SETI@home. Read more at
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News from Berkeley SETI Research Center

SETI@Home News - Wed, 2015-03-18 17:32
We'd like to keep you up to date with what's going on at Berkeley SETI Research Center! Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at where you can find video interviews with Berkeley SETI Research Center staff, news items about our research, and more. We'll be linking to some of these posts via SETI@home client messages too.

Our message board at will continue to post updates from the team including news items, server and database status updates, and other relevant topics, and you can participate in other forums at too.
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