The Silicon Valley Search for
Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute is working alongside
the University of California, Berkeley to develop the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) – a specialized radio telescope being created so that
the organization's scientists have a dedicated tool to hunt for
extraterrestrial intelligence. The construction is being paid for
with a $12 million grant from Microsoft's Paul Allen. The ATA
should be able to consistently run 24/7, where as other devices used
by SETI could only be utilized several times a year.
Additionally, the Search will expand by adding a new center to its portfolio. The Carl Sagan Center for the Study of
Life in the Universe will allow SETI to have its own radio-telescope
array and facilities to use for research. The Sagan Center will also
hopefully give SETI scientists a reliable source of funding.
The SETI@home distributed computing effort currently has over 3 million users
worldwide still attempting to detect intelligent life on planets
A number of nations are trying to build
the world's largest radio telescope in 2020 in a location that hasn't
yet been agreed upon. The Square Kilometer Array will be built in
either South Africa or western Australia. Scientists believe it will
be able to pick up something like modern day airport radar system
signals from millions of stars in Earth's galaxy.