Intelligent life barely exists on Earth. Can scientists ever find it beyond our planet?
The crew at the SETI Institute are certainly giving the search the old college try. SETI is shorthand for “Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.” Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., the institute does not receive any tax support, but relies exclusively on private contributions. Dr. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer, and Dr. Jill Tartar, the institute’s director, discuss their latest research initiatives.