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This Real-Life Alien Hunter Inspired The Main Character In 'Contact' | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.31.2015 | Science

Are we alone in this vast cosmos? That's the burning question that drove Dr. Eleanor Arroway -- a fictional astronomer in Carl Sagan's book "Contact,"...

Scientists, Visionaries Gather To Plan Ambitious Space Program

Posted 09.10.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 09/10/2012 10:14 AM EDT on Scientists, visionaries, entertainers and the public will gather in Houston th...

Hollywood Gets Aliens All Wrong, Famed E.T. Hunter Says

Posted 05.29.2012 | Science

By: Staff Published: 05/25/2012 10:14 AM EDT on Despite what the movies tell us, any aliens that visit Earth probably won't ...

E.T. Hunter Who Inspired 'Contact' Character Steps Down

Posted 05.22.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/22/2012 12:44 PM EDT on Astronomer Jill Tarter, the inspiration for heroine Ellie Arroway in the novel and...

SETI Institute Teams Up With Zooniverse to Empower Citizen Scientists in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

SETI Institute | Posted 04.30.2012 | Science
SETI Institute

The launch of SETI Live opens the door for anyone to help search for intelligent life on other planets. For the first time ever, data being received by the Allen Telescope Array in Hat Creek, CA will be made public so citizen scientists can scan it for potential signals.

Life at the SETI Institute: Dr. Jill Tarter -- The Search for Cosmic Company

SETI Institute | Posted 12.20.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Gail Jacobs Astronomer Dr. Jill Tarter is Director of the SETI Institute's Center for SETI Research, and also holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chai...

Searching for the TED 2012 Prize Winner -- With Your Help

Amy Novogratz | Posted 08.21.2011 | Impact
Amy Novogratz

Each year we award the TED Prize to an exceptional individual who is making a difference in the world -- and we grant this recipient one wish. This isn't just an ordinary wish, but a wish that allows them to dig deeper, activate people across the globe, and truly change the world.

The Search for Cosmic Company Goes On

Amy Novogratz | Posted 07.12.2011 | Technology
Amy Novogratz

When 2009 TED Prize winner Jill Tarter wished to "empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic compan...

Memories of a special moment with Don Backer

SETI Institute | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

Don Backer, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley who discovered the first millisecond pulsar, died on July 25. He was director ...

Searching for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe

Amy Novogratz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Amy Novogratz

Jill Tarter has an ambitious plan: to come up with a system that would enable engineers, and anyone interested in life elsewhere, to participate in the quest for extra-terrestrial intelligence.