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After years of preparation and testing, the SETI Institute has released the first results from a search for alien signals that uses the $50 million, 42-dish Allen Telescope Array. You didn't hear about it? Maybe that's because none of the thousands of signals picked up so far has rung an alarm bell.
Nevertheless, the fully functioning system represents the latest, greatest leap in the nearly 50-year-long search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI.
I remember that it takes light many years to reach us from systems such as that, so it leads one to wonder if that laser flash happened centuries ago and we were just fortunate enough to see it.
That being said, this search for radio signals and forms of communications makes me wonder if it will even matter. If it takes light so long to reach us - what of radio signals? Surely they don't travel faster than light?