Can you hear me now?

Astronomers reconsider how extraterrestrials could make contact

By Elizabeth Quill, 08:11 AM April 8, 2010

The Earth is going silent. Digital television signals delivered by cable and satellite are quickly replacing analog broadcasts and reducing the number and power of radio waves leaking into space. For viewers at home, it means more channels and pictures of unsurpassed clarity. But for scientists seeking signs of advanced civilizations beyond the solar system, this sudden radio silence makes the search fuzzier.

Since traditional searches for extraterrestrial intelligence, collectively dubbed S...

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