The presitigious "TED" conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has awarded one of its three annual grants to a SETI researcher:
Astronomer Jill Tarter is Director of the SETI Institute’s Center
for SETI Research, and also holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for
SETI. She has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient
beings elsewhere, and almost all aspects of this field have been
affected by her work.
Jill led for Project Phoenix, a decade-long SETI scrutiny of about
750 nearby star systems, using telescopes in Australia, West Virginia
and Puerto Rico. While no clearly extraterrestrial signal was found,
this project was the most comprehensive targeted search for
artificially generated cosmic signals ever undertaken.
So, umm, anybody wanna volunteer to tell her that she’s looking in the wrong place?