Two University of California, Berkeley, scientists have received
research grants to explore areas of science that bleed into science
in use by telescopes atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii. If aliens elsewhere in
the galaxy use lasers for astronomy or communications, we may be able to
detect them from Earth. Courtesy of Keck Observatory.
Astronomer Geoff Marcy, who kicked off the search for extrasolar
planets 20 years ago, plans to rummage through data from the Kepler
space telescope in search of evidence for civilizations advanced enough
to have built massive orbiting “solar” power stations.
Theoretical physicist Raphael Bousso will look for ways of detecting
universes other than our own, and try to understand what these alternate
universes, or multiverses, will look like.
Marcy and Bousso are among 20 innovative researchers who will share
more than $4 million in New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology
International Grants that were announced Thursday, Oct. 4, by the
University of Chicago. The grants were made possible through funding
from the Pennsylvania-based John Templeton Foundation as a way to
encourage scientists and students worldwide to explore fundamental, big
questions in astronomy and cosmology that engage groundbreaking ideas on
the nature of the universe.
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