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SETIzens Giancarlo Genta, H. Paul Shuch, Richard Clar, and Claudio Maccone (seen here left to right) were among more than one hundred academicians gathered in Washington DC last month, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Academy of Astronautics.
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25 December 2010

On 17 November 2010, the heads of space agencies from 30 different nations gathered in Washington DC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Academy of Astronautics.
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18 December 2010

The three-metre dish of the the new Project Argus station at Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza in Bari, Italy drives an Icom R700 reciever and uses the popular SETIFox software package.
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11 December 2010

Dedication of the new Project Argus station at Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza in Bari, Italy on 30 October 2010, was presided over by none other than mme. Elettra Marconi (left). The Flag of Earth can be seen hanging behind her.
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4 December 2010

This new Project Argus station was inaugurated by SocietÓ Astronomica Italiana sezione Puglia on 30 October 2010. It is located at Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza in Bari, Italy.
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27 November 2010

Just over a month ago at the International Astronautical Congress, executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch led off the SETI Science and Technology session with a paper titled "SETI: Fifty Years in Fifteen Minutes." This brief overview new was drawn from the introduction to his new book Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: SETI Past, Present, and Future, being released at the end of this month.
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20 November 2010

The SETI League was called upon by a major US television network to comment on this streak of light seen in the sky above New York City the evening of 10 November 2010. Unfortunately, we saw no evidence of extraterrestrial technology in this luminous display, nor did it seem to be saying "take me to your leader."
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13 November 2010

The SETI League is saddened to report the loss of our dear friend, Dr. Malcolm I. Raff, on 3 November 2010. Mal was an astrophysicist, SETI League life member, staunch supporter, and chairman of our Strategic Planning Committee. Watch this website next week for a remembrance of Mal from our executive director emeritus (who visited with Mal and took this picture two weeks before his death).
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6 November 2010

The new book Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: SETI Past, Present, and Future is scheduled for release by Springer Verlag in just one month. Four weeks ago, six of the participating authors met in Prague to finalize their contributions. Seen here (left to right) are Kathryn Denning, Claudio Maccone, H. Paul Shuch, Doug Vakoch, Stelio Mongebugnoli, and Seth Shostak.
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30 October 2010

The site of the recent 61st International Astronautical Congress, Prague is a city of contrasts. Here modern expressways run alongside ancient churches and palaces.
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23 October 2010

Academicians assembled for IAA Academy Day meetings, held just before the recent International Astronautical Congress in Prague, included our executive director emeritus (hidden behind the camera) as well as several other SETI League members.
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16 October 2010

At last week's International Astronautical Congress in Prague, physicist and author Prof. Paul Davies presented the annual Billingham Cutting-Edge Lecture, "Footprints of Alien Technology."
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9 October 2010

Last week in Prague, International Academy of Astronautics secretary general Jean-Michel Contant (left) and president Madhavan Nair convened Academy Day to kick off the International Astronautical Congress. More IAC photos will be forthcoming.
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2 October 2010

The International Academy of Astronautics 39th Symposium on SETI convenes on 29 September 2010 in Prague, in conjunction with the 61st International Astronautical Congress. A number of SETI League members are scheduled to present papers.
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25 September 2010

Two weeks hence at the International Astronautical Congress in Prague, physicist and futurist Prof. Paul Davies will present "Footprints of Alien Technology" as the annual Billingham Cutting Edge Lecture.
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18 September 2010

Argonaut Peter Cheasley, VE2TPR, received this signal recently on 3.5 GHz with his 10-foot dish. The high rate of Doppler shift indicated in the waterfall display is the classic signature of a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite.
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11 September 2010

Vishal Gajjar, a PhD student at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) in Pune, India, is doing pulsar research using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in Khodad. There, he has just made the first preliminary SETI observations. A 100 MHz bandwidth software correlator has been installed at the GMRT and a hardware/software correlator with up to 400MHz bandwidth is under development. Hence, it should now become possible to make simultaneous SETI observations in parallel with any astronomical observations.
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4 September 2010

In Australia, precisely on the 33rd anniversary of its initial detection, regional coordinator Noel Welstead listens patiently for the famed Ohio State University "Wow!" signal to reappear. Sadly, it did not.
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28 August 2010

In North Carolina, Marc Franco shows off his new 20-foot stressed parabolic dish. He reports that the improvement over his old 10-foot dish exceeds the theoretical 6 dB performance increase, due to the higher efficiency feedhorn and improved low noise amplifier.
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21 August 2010

Our executive director emeritus' latest book is in the final stages of the publishing process at Springer Verlag in Heidelberg. Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: SETI Past, Present, and Future (ISBN 978-3-642-13195-0) is a collection of essays by 27 leaders in the SETI community, published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first observational SETI experiment. Watch the SETI Store for availability over the next few months.
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14 August 2010

At the SARA Western Regional Meeting at Stanford University in March, member Marcus Leech showed off the latest open-source GNURadio software on a USRP (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) software defined radio.
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7 August 2010

Although several SETI League members were in attendance earlier this month at the Annual Meeting of our sister organization, the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA), we regret that our executive director emeritus was not among them. This is the first SARA conference Dr. Shuch has missed in fifteen years.
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31 July 2010

Visiting the SETI Italia facility at Medicina, Italy in May were (left to right) Istituto di Radio Astronomia engineer Stelio Montebugnoli, SETI Institute astronomer Seth Shostak, Paola Parma of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica in Bologna, Roberto Crippo, president of the FOAM13 Observatory in Tradate, and Bruno Moretti Turri, founder of the SETI Italia Team G. Cocconi. On 10 April 2010, Burno ran the "Ozma, Bioastronomia, SETI" conference in Varese, Italy.
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24 July 2010

Under construction for a number of years, Ed Cole's 4.9 meter dish at Argus Station BP40iq in Alaska saw first light in April, 2010. This photo shows the shadow of the feed being used to calibrate the azimuth and elevation encoders. In preliminary testing, Ed is seeing a 6-dB rise in Sun noise over the background at 432-MHz. Calibration at other frequencies will follow.
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17 July 2010

At last year's Icon science fiction convention on Long Island our Executive Director Emeritus shared both the stage and the dinner table with some other notable filk artists. Clockwise from left: Irwin Strauss (aka Filthy Pierre), Chris Mezzolesta of Power Salad, Tim Crist (aka ShoEboX, of Worm Quartet), Tom Rockwell (aka Devo Spice), Muriel Hykes (aka Dr. Mom), and H. Paul Shuch (aka Dr. SETI).
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10 July 2010

Several SETI League members toured the Stanford Research Institute 150 foot dish, during the 2010 SARA Western Regional Conference on the Stanford University campus in March. This week, SARA is holding its annual technical meeting at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank WV.
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3 July 2010

34 years after last operating ham radio EME (moonbounce) communications from there, executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch got another chance to play with the 150 foot Stanford Research Institute dish, during the 2010 SARA Western Regional Conference on the Stanford University campus in March.
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26 June 2010

At a SETI conference at the Medicina Radio Observatory in Italy last autumn, member Yasmin Walter took this beautiful sunrise photo of the Northern Cross radio telescope array.
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19 June 2010

At the 2010 SARA Western Conference on the Stanford University campus in March, Bob Lash talks about BAMBI@home, his effort to port data from the Project BAMBI (Bob and Mike's Big Investment) radio telescope to BOINC, the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Networked Computing, for distributed processing of amateur SETI data.
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12 June 2010

At the Tamke-Allen Observatory in Tennessee, these enthusiastic boy scouts received their introduction to radio astronomy, using a SARA Itty Bitty Telescope (IBT).
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5 June 2010

SETI League executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch makes a point to Stanford University professor and Nobel laureate physicist Doug Oshteroff, at 50th anniversary celebrations on the Kanpur campus of India Institute of Technology in February.
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29 May 2010

In February, executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch helped the Kanpur campus of the India Institute of Technology celebrate its Golden Jubilee by giving one of his popular Dr. SETI concerts.
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22 May 2010

At the Kanpur campus of the India Institute of Technology in February, H. Paul Shuch, SETI League executive director emeritus, had the honor of opening the 2010 Techkriti conference by welcoming several thousand of India's top engineering students.
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15 May 2010

Although it may look like one, this is not actually a SETI@home detection. Rather, it is a simulation of how the legendary Ohio State University "Wow!" signal of 15 August 1977 would have displayed in the SETI@home software, if it had been received at Arecibo. Clearly, the SETI@home system is capable of detecting the next "Wow!" that comes along.
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8 May 2010

Alexander Zaitsev (left) and Roberto Pinotti shared the podium at the 2010 SETI conference in the Republic of San Marino two weeks ago. Several SETI League members have been featured speakers at this annual conference over the past dozen years.
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1 May 2010

SETI League president Richard Factor and executive director emeritus H. Paul Shuch posed together for this picture at last week's Annual Meeting (which they both attended via telepresence!) Minutes of the Sixteenth Annual Membership Meeting appear here.
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24 April 2010

Dr. SETI ® jams from time to time with some interesting musicians. He met this particular left-handed guitarist at Guitars of Pikesville in Baltimore MD. Further images appear on the Esther's Art website.
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17 April 2010

Last December 28th, Richard Factor posted this image to the T-shirt of the Day (TotD) section of his blog. About it, he wrote:
"Although the SETI League (of which I have the honor to be president) has not yet succeeded in actually finding Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, we continue to Search, as the T-shirt avers. At the very least, we have conclusive, incontrovertible evidence of the existence of T-shirts."
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10 April 2010

Alexander Zaitsev, our volunteer Regional Coordinator for Russia, specializes in METI (Messaging to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence). This graphic summarizes what he considers the essence of any deliberate transmission from Earth to the stars.
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3 April 2010

Last week, the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (a SETI League affiliate society) held a SARA Western Conference on the Stanford University campus. Numerous SETI League members were among the thirty attendees.
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27 March 2010

Last December at Admiral's Walk, Bournemouth, England, the local mayor unveiled a plaque memorializing Bournemouth resident Fred Hoyle, who passed away in 2001. The controversial but revered Sir Fred, a staunch SETI supporter, was a proponent of the Steady State Universe theory, best remembered for coining the expression "Big Bang" (originally a intended as a pejorative term). His obituary appears here.
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20 March 2010

Dr. Jean-Michel Contant, secretary general of the International Academy of Astronautics, speaks at Academy day last October in Daejon, Korea. Under Dr. Contant's leadership, the IAA has been helping to sponsor SETI symposia at various locations around the world.
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13 March 2010

Designed at MIT Lincoln Labs and manufactured by Cassi Corporation, the Small Radio Telescope (SRT) is a popular tool for introducing radio astronomical techniques. Though not specifically optimized for SETI, some SETI League members have found ways to adapt this instrument to our particular needs. This SRT belongs to Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
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6 March 2010

At the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in San Diego last week, radio astronomer Jill Tarter presents this year's Giordano Bruno Memorial Award to Dan Werthimer of the Space Sciences Lab, University of California, Berkeley. In his position as Chief Scientist of the landmark SETI@home project, Werthimer has succeeded in coordinating some 5.2 million users worldwide in distributed processing of observational data gathered at the Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico. Werthimer is responsible for various other UC Berkeley SETI searches at radio, infrared and visible wavelengths. Tarter was last year's Bruno Award recipient. See this Press Release for details.
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27 February 2010

Mathematician Dr. Claudio Maccone has been applying statistical techniques to the analysis of a number of common SETI questions, including the frequency distribution of habitable planets and the Fermi Paradox. Here he presents his Statistical Drake Equation, at the 2009 International Astronautical Congress in Korea.
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20 February 2010

Prof. Doug Vakoch, a psychologist and noted expert on interstellar message construction, was last October inducted as a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. Here he speaks at the 2009 International Astronautical Congress in Daejon, Korea.
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13 February 2010

Many SETI League members were among the forty participants in the annual SETI Symposium at the International Astronautical Congress, held in Daejon, Korea last October.
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6 February 2010

A Yonsei University radio astronomy student demonstrates the operation of the MIT Lincoln Labs Small Radio Telescope (SRT) at last year's International Astronautical Congress in Daejon, Korea.
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30 January 2010

Noted author James N. Gardner delivered the annual Billingham Cutting Edge Lecture at the International Astronautical Congress last October in Daejon, Korea. A highly respected complexity theorist and science essayist, Dr. Gardner spoke on how cosmological models should guide SETI research.
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23 January 2010

Prof. Myung-Hyun Rhee, principal researcher at the Yonsei University Observatory in Seoul, Korea, introduced the world to Korean SETI activities by delivering the annual Pesek Lecture at the International Astronautical Congress last October in Daejon, Korea. Dr. Rhee serves as General Secretary to the SETI Korea Society.
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16 January 2010

Changing of the guard at the 2009 International Astronautical Congress in Daejon, Korea. Dr. Madhavan Nair (left), director of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is the incoming president of the International Academy of Astronautics. Here he shares the podium with the outgoing IAA president, Caltech Prof. Edward Stone (right).
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9 January 2010

This dish at the Yonsei University Observatory in Seoul, Korea is used for SETI experiments by Prof. Myung-Hyun Rhee and his students. Several SETI League members, including our Executive Director Emeritus, serve on the Foreign Advisory Council to the SETI Korea Society.
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2 January 2010

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