Thursday June 22nd 2017






Join Us On SETI

The SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program is more than a science project. They have been online since 1999 and have spawned tons of similar data-crunching projects.

The project (featured in the movie Contact), is stationed in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

They use a giant radio telescope at that location to essentially “listen” to the stars. The data that comes in is so massive, they are unable to fund enough computer power to process it all, so they ship out the data in snippets to users participating in SETI@home. Each user donates time to the project on their personal computers, and when the data has completed processing, the tool sends it back to SETI to merge with data from other users.

The site is pretty much run by volunteers and a small staff. It often goes down, but that does not matter. To me, SETI is about Hope, Peace, and joining forces to search for something that helps us understand we are not alone. SETI is about finding some kind of order in the randomness of the universe and our lives. It’s about the power of positive thinking and mankind’s ability to reach for the stars.

If you are already a member, why not join our newly launched team “UberNerdNation” – teamid=140504. If you haven’t joined yet, you can visit the site and join this free program by clicking this link to the SETI@Home website.

Please note, the SETI@Home tool has options to manage what time and what amount of power to use as it processes data. This reduces any interference with your day to day activity and also allows you to run the program when you are not using your system or at night when it is cooler. SETI will heat up a desktop PC as it crunches data, but I have not found that it uses that much energy. I really don’t recommend running SETI from a laptop however, as it tends to not cool as fast as a desktop that is more open.

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