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Astronomers in the UK have joined forces to search for alien life. Eleven different academic institutions have formed a network, The UK SETI Research Network, to coordinate their activity. This network will be accountable for funding the research that considers new ways to find extraterrestrial intelligence. At present, most SETI work is performed in the United States and funded by private donors.
The network will use Britain’s eMerlin telescope array in addition to Lofar, a European Low Frequency Array, that incorporates new digital techniques to survey wide areas of the sky all at once.
Alan Penny, coordinator of the UK SETI Research Network explained how much of a difference this research could provide to current efforts to find extraterrestrial intelligence.
“If we had one part in 200 – half a percent of the money that goes into astronomy at the moment – we could make an amazing difference. We would become comparable with the American effort,” the University of St Andrews researcher told BBC News.
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