And the dumbing down of America continues at a frenetic pace.
Alien-seeking radio dishes go dark
Budget crunch forces closure of key component in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence
(CBS News) Any number of headlines about E.T. not being able to phone home are already hitting the wires, but the hackneyed reference to everyone’s favorite pop culture alien figure underscores a more troubling reality: the decades-long search for extraterrestrial life suffered a blow with the announcement that a $50 million alien telescope array is being mothballed because of a lack of funding.
SETI, an acronym for the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence, refers to a project that’s been underway to answer the not-so-inconsiderable question of whether humans are truly alone in the universe. The original plans called for the Allen Telescope Array, part of the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, to house as many as 350 dishes.
However, budgetary constraints have forced the SETI Institute to shut the first 42 telescopes which were installed in 2007 to scan the skies for evidence of alien life. It’s not clear when – or whether – the telescopes will return to operations. SETI received the bulk of its funding from a couple of sources: the National Science Foundation, and the State of California.