I'm from São Paulo, Brazil. I am a grad student at USP (São Paulo University). As I try to get through this terribly (and terrificly) difficult and challenging course, I also study classical piano and Choy-Lay-Fut Kung Fu. These very contrasting areas of interest actually contribute to keeping my brains together while I study General Relativity, Advanced Calculus, Group Theory and Stellar Astrophysics.
After I graduate, I intend to become PhD in Cosmology and investigate the Big Bang and the evolution of the Universe.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I believe that finding extraterrestrial life is only a matter of time and technology. The sun-like stars (G spectrum type) are some of the most ordinary stars around, and given all the recent discoveries on extra-solar planets, followed by their projections on terrestrial planets (about one out of every four G stars are likely to have Earth-like planets, even at distances to their sun similar to our own, that is, between 0.8 to 1.2 AU), it is a violation of the Statistics laws to think that there is just us.
The SETI Project itself is a wonderful initiative, because as though it has little guarantees of ever finding anything (human technology is, after all, still a limitation), it is a necessary work to be done. We must try.
The SETI@home is one of the most touching projects I've ever encuntered, because it accomplishes part of a dream about having all mankind united into a single purpose. I guess this says it all:
"In all our searching, the only thing we found that makes emptiness bearable is each other."
-- the alien Theodore Arroway, Contact (the movie)