SETI.Germany Wow! event: 15-29 August
Every year SETI.Germany organizes an event in honor of the 41th Anniversary of the Wow! signal. This year's event takes place from 15 to 29 August . Further information can be found here .
6 Aug 2018, 20:30:01 UTC · Discuss
Revised scale of significance of ET detection published.
A group of SETI astronomers led by Duncan Forgan, and including myself and BSRC director Andrew Siemion, has published a revised version of the Rio Scale. The Rio Scale is designed to predict the public impact a signal would have, like the Richter scale does for earthquakes. The prior version of the Rio scale, in addition to being rarely used, tended to overestimate the impact of low quality or low significance reports of detection.
Now all we have to do is convince other SETI astronomers and the press to use it.
There is a related article at GeekWire.
A calculator for Rio 2.0 scores in now available here.
25 Jul 2018, 15:47:05 UTC · Discuss
"Are we alone?" on VICE
The HBO series VICE will be broadcasting an episode with a segment entitled "Are we alone?" starting June 1 at 11pm EST. It will be available on HBO streaming service, HBO GO, at 7:30pm EST.
The segment includes interviews with the father of modern SETI, Frank Drake, and a SETI@home volunteer, John Fluth, who has been a part of the project nearly as long as I have. We'll be interested in seeing your reaction to this piece.
Trailers are available through facebook and twitter.
30 May 2018, 5:03:57 UTC · Discuss
The UC data center switched over to a new firewall this morning. Since then packets into and out of the data center have been suffering drops. The Data Center staff is debugging the problem, we'll probably be dropping packets until it's resolved.
30 Apr 2018, 17:23:04 UTC · Discuss
Unexplained database slowness
The database has gotten hung up a couple of times with slow queries. I've restarted it once and that seems to have helped. It'll take several hours to be sure.
If that didn't solve the problem, it probably means the index the server uses to choose workunits to send has gotten corrupted. If I need to rebuild it, we'll probably be down most of tomorrow while I do so.
31 Mar 2018, 6:11:01 UTC · Discuss
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