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Message 1134168 - Posted: 30 Jul 2011, 16:09:02 UTC

The ATA people collected about 185000 dollars from 1824 donors. But operating the ATA costs 2 and a half million dollars/year. It covers only a month.
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Message 1134731 - Posted: 1 Aug 2011, 8:04:21 UTC

Just my $0.02:

I guess that most of people who crunch numbers for seti@home or at least know what that is, speak some if not good English. But if there is a need for translations, I guess there is a lot of us here who could make them (translate the most important parts of the site).

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Message 1137803 - Posted: 8 Aug 2011, 23:21:41 UTC

The Allen Telescope is back in business!
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Message 1137807 - Posted: 8 Aug 2011, 23:28:26 UTC

Great news!!

This thing never should have happened. A handful of our billionaires could have dumped some for their loose change and solved this thing.
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Message 1137950 - Posted: 9 Aug 2011, 6:26:12 UTC

I am glad, of course. But the SETI Institute has nothing to do with Arecibo, SETI@home uses Arecibo data and also Einstein@home,
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Message 1139676 - Posted: 13 Aug 2011, 2:09:05 UTC

Funding is only in place until the end of 2011.
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Message 1139986 - Posted: 13 Aug 2011, 7:38:56 UTC

The problem with short term funding is that you cannot hire people. On the www.setiquest.org site I've read that they have an intern from Stanford U. spending the summer at the ATA, probably working on her PhD thesis. But then what?
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Message 1139995 - Posted: 13 Aug 2011, 7:58:02 UTC

Two comments, both based on my previous life working in an academic institution.
First - you are only as secure as your last grant. If your funding only comes from one or two "big" givers and their interests move elsewhere you are out of funding, and so out of a job. Its far better to have a wide base of funding, os if one funding body decides you aren't "flavour of the month" it hurts, but it doesn't stop the work. The ATA appeared to be totally reliant upon a very small funding base, so when that funding base stopped...

Second there are a great number of good academics, who live on very short term funding, either by choice or by force. These are in many places the bulk of the work force and in their few months of tenure contribute greatly to the overall work of the institution. They learn a lot from each placement and are often the best workers when (if) they settle for a longer term post. What would you rather have - someone running the ATA for a few months, or not at all and it being permanently shutdown?
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Message 1140056 - Posted: 13 Aug 2011, 13:31:54 UTC - in response to Message 1139995.
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Most Italian scientists now are working on short term contracts and are not secure of renewal. My daughter Elisa, with a degree in theoretical biophysics, was working on a project of a hadron accelerator for cancer therapy. Then one day they told her "Signorina, the Minister has not granted us any fund. Get yourself a job". So she now works in software house and makes process control even when she is at home tending her two kids, via ADSL.If you are married and have to maintain a wife and children you cannot afford to be a scientist in Italy, unless you are e tenured professor.
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Message 1140111 - Posted: 13 Aug 2011, 16:39:49 UTC - in response to Message 1137803.

The Allen Telescope is back in business!

That's very good news indeed.

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Message 1140759 - Posted: 15 Aug 2011, 12:27:21 UTC

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Message 1154786 - Posted: 22 Sep 2011, 4:54:19 UTC

From the www.setiquest.org site I've learned that they will get some money from the USAF Space Command to watch for space debris like the UARS satellite which is plunging towards Earth just now.
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