Dubious SETI Report Claims Reception

by Paul Gilster on January 16, 2008

This looks like a case of extremely poor science reporting, but because I’ve already received e-mail about it, I will point you to a report from KTVU, a San Francisco television station, claiming that a mystery signal has been received at Arecibo, with obvious SETI implications. Cosmic Variance has also picked up on this and seems as skeptical as I am. A quick call to the SETI Institute revealed there is absolutely no buzz about any sort of successful reception making the rounds there. I have a voicemail in to Seth Shostak in hopes of a comment.

Jordan Lund January 16, 2008 at 17:13

My guess is that it’s local news distorting this story which came out on the 14th:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080114110715.htm

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