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SETI@home




A screen-saver program for personal computers which analyzes data collected by the SERENDIP IV project and looks for potential signals from an extraterrestrial civilization. It was developed by David Anderson and Daniel Wertheimer at the University of California, Berkeley, and is sponsored by Paramount Pictures, as part of the promotion for Star Trek: Insurrection, with support from the Planetary Society. Director and co-star of the film, Jonathon Frakes (Commander Riker) pulled the switch to start operations on Oct. 19, 1998. Following testing and debugging of the software, SETI@home will be available free from the Planetary Society to anyone wishing to participate.


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