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Alien hunters check mystery star for signs of E.T. or 'freaky' nature

Last week news broke of something strange orbiting a distant star, raising the remote possibility of an alien civilization. CNET's Eric Mack spoke with the SETI Institute to see how the search is going.

By October 23, 2015


Quest to contact aliens interrupted by wildfires

In northern California, the SETI Institute has to shut down its systems because of wildfires near its telescope array.

By August 6, 2014


We'll find aliens in 20 years (we just need money), astronomers say

Speaking to Congress, two astronomers from SETI describe the chances of finding aliens as almost 100 percent.

By May 23, 2014


After 35 years, SETI celebrates its most-famous alien hunter

Jill Tarter, who was the inspiration for Jodie Foster's character in "Contact," will lead the SETI Institute's fundraising. She talked to CNET about the alien hunt, and what she'd say to them.

By May 22, 2012


Kepler 22-b a top target in restarted SETI alien search

Air Force helps fund restart of search for extra-terrestrial life.

By December 7, 2011


SETI silences alien-seeking telescope array

Because of a lack of funds, the SETI Institute decides to take offline its 42 telescopes that have been on the lookout for alien life.

By April 26, 2011


SETI app taps your smartphone to hunt for E.T.

SETI Institute launches private beta of SetiQuest Explorer smartphone app in hopes that hobby astronomers will help scan radio signals from space for signs of intelligent life.

By March 10, 2011


SetiQuest Explorer lets you search deep space signals (photos)

Jill Tarter, Director of SETI, says we've reached a tipping point in computing power that allows many to contribute to what was once the job of a small, specially trained community.

9 Images By March 10, 2011


SETI's large-scale telescope scans the skies

In northeast California, an array of 42 radio antennas is helping advance the search for extraterrestrials. With additional funding, the array will expand to 350 antennas.

By December 12, 2008


Phylo, a game that helps map genetic code

Using a SETI-at-home-like distributed-processing system and a challenging puzzle game, researchers at McGill University are hoping to use human brainpower to map genetic codes.

By November 30, 2010