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E.T. Might Prefer a Letter

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We check in with the progress of search for extraterrestrial intelligence. A paper published this week in the journal Nature argues that for sending lots of data over long distances, it's hard to beat sending a physical artifact engraved with data. We'll talk about ways to communicate lots of information over long distances.

Guests:

Christopher Rose, professor of electrical and computer engineering. Associate director, Wireless Networks Laboratory, Rutgers University

Dan Werthimer, chief scientist, SETI@home. SERENDIP (Search for Extraterrestrial Radio Emissions from Nearby Developed Intelligent Populations) project director, Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.