|Please Donate to SETI@home
|[ 2008/12/21 ]
Dear Shigeru Handa,
Thank you for participating in SETI@home. The SETI@home team has made much progress in the past year. We successfully released our "Astropulse" application which searches the data for high power pulses, which, some have argued, may be a more efficient technique for an extraterrestrial civilization to transmit signals. No SETI project has searched for this type of signal before. We also may detect new types of interstellar or intergalactic objects using this technique. However, the technique requires much CPU power. This means we need more volunteers like you to help us process this data. So please, tell a friend about SETI@home.
We've also made significant progress on our Near Time Persistency Checker (NTPCKR) which sifts through the potential signals you have returned to find those that are most likely to be of extraterrestrial origin. We have more surprises to come, which we will announce in the coming weeks and months.
But there is still far more to be done. Although we are pleased with the success of last winter's funding drive, and grateful for the generosity of our
donors, we still don't have a sufficient budget to accomplish our science goals as quickly as we would like. With more funds we hope to hire an additional person to maintain the servers and web site. This would free our existing researchers to work more on the science of SETI@home and increase our chances of finding an extraterrestrial signal, and less on keeping our servers operational.
To keep SETI@home operating for the next year, and to provide these new capabilities, we will need to raise approximately $548,200. Currently SETI@home is mostly funded by donations from people like you.
We hope that despite these difficult economic times, you are able to consider making a donation to SETI@home at this time. You can make a secure tax deductible donation by credit card by clicking on the link above. Instructions for donation by check or money order are there as well. Unless you specify otherwise, your donation will be noted by a star icon next to your username on the SETI@home pages and your username will appear on our list of donors. If you do not wish to have this recognition you may indicate that as well. Please be assured that regardless of whether or not you choose to have your donation be anonymous, SETI@home will not share your address with other organizations.
You can check on our fundraising progress, view our past and projected budgets, and see more details of what we hope to accomplish in the coming year by visiting our main site at http://setiathome.berkeley.edu.
SETI@home Chief Scientist
Space Science Laboratory
University of California, Berkeley
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