Big Picture Science – Anthropocene and Heard: Doug Vakoch
by Gary Niederhoff on April 1, 2013
Part 4 of Anthropocene and Heard, featuring Doug Vakoch, director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute, on the last few variables in the Drake Equation: intelligent life, civilization, and longevity.
There's a new big dipper in the nighttime sky.
No, it's not a cozy constellation, but a distant, non-descript star that behaves like a shipboard semaphore, beaming flashes of light into the cosmic darkness that seem random, but... (read more)