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UK: Yuri Milner on $100 million project to hunt for alien life00:33

UK: Yuri Milner on $100 million project to hunt for alien life

United Kingdom, London
July 23, 2015 at 21:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian scientist and billionaire entrepreneur Yuri Milner spoke to RT in London, Thursday, about the launch of the $100 million (€92.1 million) 'Breakthrough Initiatives' research programme with the help of Stephen Hawking to accelerate the search for intelligent lifeforms beyond earth.

Speaking from RT's London studio Milner said that "we now have the technology, we have the capability, we have the software and hardware to really try to get to the answer to this pretty fundamental question, are we alone in the universe?", adding that "I think in the next ten years we would be able to make significant progress".

'Breakthrough Listen' is the biggest scientific search programme for extraterrestrial intelligent lifeforms. Researchers will have access to the 'Green Bank Telescope' and the 'Parkes Telescope,' which are 50 times more sensitive than the previous initiatives, covering a broader radio spectrum and ten times more of the sky. The second programme, called 'Breakthrough Message', is a competition aiming to produce messages that represent humanity on Earth and to stimulate a discussion about the nature of interstellar communication.

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Russian scientist and billionaire entrepreneur Yuri Milner spoke to RT in London, Thursday, about the launch of the $100 million (€92.1 million) 'Breakthrough Initiatives' research programme with the help of Stephen Hawking to accelerate the search for intelligent lifeforms beyond earth.

Speaking from RT's London studio Milner said that "we now have the technology, we have the capability, we have the software and hardware to really try to get to the answer to this pretty fundamental question, are we alone in the universe?", adding that "I think in the next ten years we would be able to make significant progress".

'Breakthrough Listen' is the biggest scientific search programme for extraterrestrial intelligent lifeforms. Researchers will have access to the 'Green Bank Telescope' and the 'Parkes Telescope,' which are 50 times more sensitive than the previous initiatives, covering a broader radio spectrum and ten times more of the sky. The second programme, called 'Breakthrough Message', is a competition aiming to produce messages that represent humanity on Earth and to stimulate a discussion about the nature of interstellar communication.

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