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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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Astropulse is generating work again

SETI@Home News - Fri, 2015-03-13 22:44
The databases are still being repaired, but we are now in a state where we can create new workunits and collect results.
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More on METI

SETI@Home News - Sat, 2015-02-14 06:53
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Android Version Checking

SETI@Home News - Fri, 2015-02-13 18:12
The versions of SETI@home currently distributed can't run on Android 5+ (Lollypop). We're working on new versions.

We've limited distribution to earlier distributions. If you can't get work on Android 4, it may be necessary to update your BOINC app.
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Statement on Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence/Active SETI

SETI@Home News - Tue, 2015-02-10 00:26
In conjunction with other interested members of the SETI community, we've written a statement on beaming messages to other planets.

The essence of the conclusion is that a few people shouldn't be making this decision for an entire planet.
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Prof. Charles Townes has passed away.

SETI@Home News - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:16
We were saddened to learn that colleague Professor Charles Townes died this morning, January 27th, at the age of 99. A professor at UC Berkeley since 1967, Townes had a long and distinguished career, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1964 for work that led to the development of the laser. He was active in research as recently as last year, making regular visits to his office at UC Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory, and to Mount Wilson Observatory where he worked to develop the Infrared Spatial Interferometer telescope. His broad research interests included the search for extraterrestrial intelligence - as co-author of a 1961 paper, he was one of the first to discuss interstellar communication using lasers. This gave rise to the rapidly growing field of optical SETI, including searches currently underway at UC Berkeley. Prof. Townes also served as an Advisory Board Member to the new Foundation for Investing in Research on SETI Science and Technology. We will miss him here at UC Berkeley, and send our condolences to his wife Frances and family.
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Marvin crashed

SETI@Home News - Sun, 2014-12-21 04:46
It appears that the root partition filled on marvin (rapidly) while I was AFK, for no reason that I am aware of, which caused it to crash. Nobody is at the colocation facility right now, so the astropulse DB is down. I'll try to get remote accesses for a reboot, but chances are that marvin is down until monday morning.
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Own a piece of SETI history.

SETI@Home News - Wed, 2014-12-17 22:54
Help SETI@home and own a piece of SETI@home history! Check out these auctions of SETI@home museum pieces
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Astropulse database fix is complete.

SETI@Home News - Mon, 2014-12-08 18:46
Validators and assimilators and splitters are back on. New Astropulse work should be flowing soon.
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