Stephen Hawking launches Sh10 billion search for alien life


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British cosmologist Stephen Hawking on Monday launched the biggest-ever search for intelligent life in the universe in a 10-year, $100-million (143-million-euro) project to scan the heavens.

The Breakthrough Listen project, backed by Russian Silicon Valley entrepreneur Yuri Milner, will be the most powerful, comprehensive and intensive scientific search ever undertaken for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligent life.

“In an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life. Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching,” Hawking said at the launch event at the Royal Society science academy in London.

“Either way, there is no bigger question. It’s time to commit to finding the answer, to search for life beyond Earth. We must know.”

The project will use some of the biggest telescopes on Earth, searching far deeper into the universe than before for radio spectrum and laser signals.

The initiative is allied with the Breakthrough Message project, an international competition to create digital messages that represent humanity.

There is no commitment to send any messages into space, and the project should spark discussion about whether humans should be sending messages at all out into the void.



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  • Pastor Samuel

    Please make sure you enter a synagogue and pray. You need also to take the opportunity to denounce Iran’s negative perception of Israel while there. Include among places to visit, BEthany, Jericho, Gethsemane, Jesus Tomb etc. Samuel

    • RailaOjinga

      Not really. This Prime Thugster first needs to apologize for the statements he made about the women and children that were burned in an Eldoret church.

  • Shadow

    has he obtained clearance from KIBAKI???

  • Davimann1

    · I doubt Kenyans will offer their support to the PM after such an ugly incident reminiscent of the 2007/2008 post-election violence (PEV). Raila must disband his Jeshi La Mawe (army of stone-throwers) and respect other presidential hopefuls. I always ask myself why Raila is not amongst the Ocampo Six. There are areas in Kibera where property owners cannot access their property because of intimidation by Raila’s supporters who took over during the post-election violence (PEV).”  US Vice-President Henry Wallace once famously remarked that, “…a fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.” It seems there are remnants of fascists in our political arena and the time to smoke them out is now. It is time for those on whose behalf the stones are thrown to get involved in caging their marauding goons!”

  • Anonymous

    Why do some readers make contributions that are out of context and on irrelevant matter not touching on the subject matter? if you have nothing to write then dont do it here!!!!!

  • guest

    They dream Raila. shame on them

  • Tomkipelian

    Plz sir dnt forget to tell Israels abt Al Shaabab and request for support from them so that kenya may fight as shaabab affictively is my suggestion

  • Julius Naminde

    Your rt. hon. PM, while in Israel, don’t 4get to bring me just one cup of water from the river Jordan, I need it to wash away my sins and to cleanse my soul from past misdemeanors.

  • Sirilus

    Sirilus, PM pray for Kenya at river Jordan AND let Mama  Ida carry holy water for us and when you come back remember to visit Kibuye Catholic church for Sunday 3rd.mass service at 10;30am. Advise for RAO, ignore guest writers on your page and I want to assure them they are wasting there time. You are fit and qualified to be President of the republic of Kenya. The R,K,U,T etc are wasting there time and money sponsoring guest writers to soil you lest they forget you promoted them to who they are today. Good day.

  • aoko

    So, unemployed Kenyan young men are now being sacrificed death fighting the war on Islam, Uh? Kenya never had any problem with Muslim people since their arrival on Indian Ocean Coast in 10th or 11th century. The Arabs intermarried with the coastal tribes resulting Swahili, the national language of Kenya! Why must Africans fight Africans to make someone else happy? WHY?

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