Stephen Hawking launches quest to search for E.T

Professor Stephen Hawking has teamed up with a Russian billionaire to launch a $100 million quest to find E.T. over the next decade.

Making the announcement were (left to right) Internet investor Yuri Milner, physicist Stephen Hawking, cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees, SETI research pioneer Frank Drake, co-founder and CEO of Cosmos Studios Ann Druyan, and UC Berkeley astronomy professor Geoff Marcy.   Image credit: Breakthrough Initiatives

New hunt for alien life, by Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Initiatives project, will use two powerful radio telescopes to listen for alien transmissions, in one million of the closest stars to Earth.

A third one will search for laser signals from extraterrestrial intelligence.

The new instruments will be 50 times more sensitive than previous attempts and cover 10 times more space.

via io9