Space the Final Frontier
A couple of weeks ago, the SETI Institute asked the Internet to help name two tiny moons of Pluto. Well, the voting has now closed, and while no one hijacked the polls in favor of “Alderaan,” it was a name near and dear to science fiction nerds that took the top spot: Vulcan (a write-in) pulled 174,062 votes out of 450,324 total.
Jodie Foster is apparently a more serious method actress than we thought. After playing a SETI scientist in the 1997 film, Contact, Mrs. Foster is now one of several celebrity donors who helped raise more than $220,000 dollars to get the defunct program up and running again. With the last American shuttle flight having Read More
Mountain View’s SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Life) Institute–responsible for crowdsourcing its work to citizens’ computers via a screensaver–needs money after losing government funding, the San Jose Mercury News reported today. “Honestly, if everybody contributed just .03 extra cents on their 1040 tax forms, we could find out if we have cosmic company,” one SETI scientist said. But another alternative has been repeatedly proposed on Twitter: Kickstarter!