The Madeleine Brand Show for April 27, 2011

Sorry, ET, the number you've called is no longer in service: SETI Institute shuts down search for alien life

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Allen Telescope Array in the Cascade Mountains. SETI no longer has funds to use these radio telescopes to search for alien life.

The search for life in outer space has been put on hold. The non-profit SETI Institute no longer has the funds to search for signals from alien civilizations. Located in Northern California, near Mount Lassen, scientists there say that ending the program is the modern-day equivalent of putting "the Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria into dry dock." Was the Institute anywhere near a breakthrough? We hear from SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak.

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