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ET radios home

06/06/2006 10:37 AM

"In 1938, television was still an experimental curiosity but three out of four homes owned a radio. This was a time when its power as a form of communication had yet to be fully recognized. That started to change on the evening of October 31 when a small cast of radio performers, lead by Orson Wells, convinced a lot of people that the United States was being invaded by creatures from somewhere other than our planet with his modern update of H.G. Well's The War of the Worlds."

This Universe today article goes on to say: "Science was also invaded by the possibility of extraterrestrial beings. In 1974, a carefully crafted message was transmitted from the world's largest radio telescope and directed towards stars in M13, pictured here, in hopes someone or something would be listening." Click on the Universe today link above to read more.

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Signal problems

06/06/2006 3:24 PM

The problem is there is a VERY small technology footprint for the type of information SETI and the like are looking for emanating from planets. With in 100 years we will probably be a planet with a very small RF radiation pattern. With the rise of fiber optics and satellite communication the tower radiating to every antenna in an area is going to be a thing of the past. Right now people are guessing that the types of emanations we are looking for will only take place for a few centuries at best for any given developing planet.

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Soap

06/07/2006 8:13 AM

Let's hope that they never catch any of our daytime TV programming or Oprah or Phil.

If that would happen, any fleet that would be thinking of visiting us would surely turn around.

The surest sign there is intellegent life in the Universe is that they havn't come to visit us yet - Calvin & Hobbes

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06/08/2006 8:02 AM

All I can think of is that movie "Galaxy Quest" with Tim Allen.

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