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The search for intelligent life has gotten much more serious




An artistic conception of the Jupiter-like exoplanet, 51 Eridani b, seen in the near-infrared light that shows the hot layers deep in its atmosphere glowing through clouds.
An artistic conception of the Jupiter-like exoplanet, 51 Eridani b, seen in the near-infrared light that shows the hot layers deep in its atmosphere glowing through clouds.
/Danielle Futselaar & Franck Marchis, SETI Institute

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Could we find aliens sometime soon?

The SETI Research Center, whose purpose is to find life elsewhere in the universe, is having its moment. It got a big infusion of cash this summer and yesterday Andrew Siemion, director of  the Berkeley SETI program, briefed members of Congress. 

Andrew Siemion joins Ben Bergman to talk about the search for life elsewhere in the universe, the complications that come along with trying to find funding and whether we'll find aliens anytime soon.

To hear the entire conversation click on the audio embedded at the top of the post.