No time to lose

Published: Saturday 30 November 1996

The Internet has even changed the way we compute. Search for Extraterrestrial Life (SETI) is planning to send the data gathered by the radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, to the general public. The data and the relevant software will remain in one's machine and whenever the machine is idle, it will run to look for patterns in the radio data. These patterns could provide clues to extraterrestrial life. After analysis, the data will be automatically sent back to the SETI site through the World Wide Web for further study. By doing so, a lot of valuable computer time would be saved. Also, the general public would get the unique opport-unity to participate in a fasci-nating project ( Science , Vol 272, No 5276).

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