I nearly missed an interesting development in SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Interesting, and as newsworthy as most Stephen Hawking stories, but probably not significant.
Professor Hawking didn't start chatting with aliens over the Labor Day weekend. That would be major news.
But an outfit he's connected with will be listening to FRB 121102. I think it's likely that they'll collect useful data, and that this isn't a prelude to 'first contact.'
Other scientists say they've spotted several planets orbiting Tau Ceti. Two of them may be just inside that star's habitable zone.
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