SETI project finds possible alien signal

— 9:56 AM on September 2, 2004

Everyone's being very cautious, but the folks using their computers for the SETI distributed computing project have identified a radio signal that appears to be of extra-terrestrial origin and seems unlikely to be just random interference, as New Scientist reports:

David Anderson, director of SETI@home, remains sceptical but curious about the signal. ”It’s unlikely to be real but we will definitely be re-observing it.” Bell Burnell agrees that it is worth persisting with. “If they can see it four, five or six times it really begins to get exciting,” she says.

It is already exciting for IT engineers Oliver Voelker of Logpoint in Nuremberg, Germany and Nate Collins of Farin and Associates in Madison, Wisconsin, who found the signal.

Collins wonders how his bosses will react to company computers finding aliens. “I might have to explain a little further about just how much I was using [the computers],” he says.

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