When Russian billionaire Yuri Milner announced the ten-year, $100 million Breakthrough Listen initiative, some referred to it as the largest and most comprehensive step towards discovering extraterrestrial intelligence in human history. The unprecedented level of funding will give scientists thousands of hours of use on two major radio telescopes, which were previously devoted to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (or SETI) only 24 to 36 hours each year. Andrew Siemion, Director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center and one of the project leaders, joined the Monday Buzz to share how this might help shape our understanding of humanity’s place in the universe.
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