Hello to SETI from Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. I've just downloaded SETI in the last week, and I am becoming hooked on it. I had heard of SETI a year or two ago and thought the project had finished, so I was very pleased to see it is still up and running. I have got very interested in projects like this where users computers at home are used to process large amounts of data that would be otherwise impossible to do.
I have also recently downloaded the climate prediction model from Oxford University in the UK which does the same thing. If you are interested the web address is http://www.cpdn.comlab.ox.ac.uk
A little bit about myself:- I am a Senior Scientific Officer for a biotechnology firm in Dundee Scotland. I mainly do all the bioanalytical work by mass spectrometry.
I have heard, through my work, about other companies who use a similar technique to SETI using multi computing to determine the actions of new drugs and trying to find better drugs by the targeting of specific receptor sites.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I definately believe extra terrestrial life exists in many forms and in many corners of the universe. Mars , probably being the closest, with micro-organisms, once and probably still, living there.
I'm not sure radio signals would be sent by intelligent ET's, because this is probably a crude way of communicating. (We, on earth, are a relatively young intelligence and have not discovered better ways of communication). I would imagine that ETs have found a better, faster and a further reaching way of communicating than radio signalling. Probably something like telepathy or ESP. They may also have some other ways that we have just not been able to perceive because we are so young.
If I had any suggestions for SETI it may be to start looking directly at some of the new planets that are being discovered around other stars and seeing if any signals are coming from them.