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justboatonic

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The search for ETI - The Drake Equation
« on: December 15, 2010, 07:38:01 PM »

BBC iPlayer available here. May not work for people outside of the UK.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00wltbk/The_Search_for_Life_The_Drake_Equation/

Havent had chance to listen to this yet and didnt catch the Radio 4 broadcast. Hope to listen to it tomorrow.
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Re: The search for ETI - The Drake Equation
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2010, 11:37:09 PM »

Yes, I was interested in the BBC write-up about it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11982757

Particularly this comment:

' ...But Dr Drake has a more simple answer to why life hasn't been found:

"We just haven't tried enough," he says.

"We've looked carefully at only a few thousand stars and very few channels that are possible on the electromagnetic spectrum and that's hardly even a start.

"If you take reasonable or optimistic values for the [Drake] equation, it suggests that right now, there may be around 10,000 civilisations we can detect in the galaxy.

"That's one in 10,000,000 stars. Before we have a good chance of succeeding, we still have a long way to go." '
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Re: The search for ETI - The Drake Equation
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2010, 08:40:24 PM »

Finally got around to watching this. Very interesting. Paul Davies as usual talking sense.

Shame they didnt go into the 'updated' version of drake's equation though.

Drake's entitled to his opinion about not having looked long enough although he would say that, wouldnt he?

What is clear is that the current SETI model is in need of radical overhaul.
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