Kathryn Bywaters and Driss Takir

Kathryn Bywaters and Driss Takir Join the SETI Institute

The SETI Institute welcomes two new principal investigators - Kathryn Bywaters and Driss Takir, who join more than 75 scientists who are exploring the development of life, where else in the Universe it exists and how we might find it.
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Previously Featured

wow signal
Was it ET on the line? Or just a comet?
There’s no such thing as a “close call” in SETI – either the radio telescope has picked up an alien signal, or it hasn’t. “Close” doesn’t exist in this one-bit experiment, any more than it does in pregnancy.
June 13, 2017

Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? May 29 - June 4, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
June 08, 2017

Janice Bishop Explores Mawrth Vallis and Salt Ponds in Australia
Janice Bishop and Lukas Gruendler recently visited highly saline ponds found in the desert of Western Australia looking for mixtures of clays and sulfates in the hopes of learning about environments that could help us understand this puzzling salty outcrop on Mars
June 06, 2017
explorer
Explorer Magazine is Back!
Learn about all the groundbreaking work that happens at the SETI Institute, including scientific research, STEM and space science education and public outreach.
June 06, 2017
where in the worlds
Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? May 22, 2017 – May 28, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media, May 22, 2017 – May 28, 2017
June 01, 2017
SETI Talks
SETI Talks Returns with Jill Tarter
SETI Talks will return on Wednesday, July 12, with a program featuring Jill Tarter, Sarah Scoles, Elliot Gillum and more.
May 31, 2017

News and Announcements

  Orbiter Detects Changing Climate on Early Mars
The early Martian climate remains hotly debated by scientists because the surface mineralogy and morphology indicate abundant liquid water was present, while atmospheric modeling is challenged to create conditions supportive of liquid water on the surface of early Mars.
  Let’s be careful about this “SETI” signal
Several readers have contacted me recently about reports that a group of international astronomers have detected a strong signal coming from a distant star that could be a sign of a high-technology civilization.
  Hear me now? 'Strong signal' from sun-like star sparks alien speculation - CNN news
An international team of researchers is now examining the radio signal and its star, HD 164595 -- described in a paper by Italian astronomer Claudio Maccone and others as a "strong candidate for SETI" -- in the hopes of determining its origin.
  SETI is hopeful yet skeptical that Russians found aliens - SETI Talks in Aug 30, 2016
The world of astronomy lit up in the past couple of days with a report that Russian astronomers may have received a signal from a distant star.
  September 24, 2016 - International Space Orchestra and Sigur Ros
Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists – the International Space Orchestra (ISO) - is coming together to perform as the supporting act to Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on 24th September 2016, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  Aliens on Line 1
We thought we had found E.T.
  Proxima Centauri b: Have we just found Earth’s cousin right on our doorstep?
What began as a tantalizing rumor has just become an astonishing fact. Today a group of thirty-one scientists, led by Guillem Anglada-Escude at the Queen Mary University of London, UK, announced the discovery of a terrestrial exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri.
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Research Assistant
The Research Assistant will be assisting in a variety of projects related to planetary science, Mars exploration and astrobiology. This may include sample preparation and documentation, as well as measurement and analysis of visible/near-infrared reflectance spectra.
  Susan Mullally's Talk - "Kepler’s Heartbeat Stars: When Binary Stars Get Funky" on 16 August 2016
A new talk will be in 16 August 2016, Tuesday, 7:45 PM, Presidio Observation Post, Building 211. "Kepler’s Heartbeat Stars: When Binary Stars Get Funky" by Susan Mullally, PhD, SETI Institute, NASA Ames
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Research Assistant 2016
The Research Assistant will be assisting in a variety of projects related to planetary science, Mars exploration and astrobiology.

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