Transition to digital TV makes earth harder to find for smart aliens

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The earth will get a little quieter when American television stations turn off their analog signals in February. It seems the digital broadcasts the government is mandating are harder to detect from the heavens. Dan Werthimer cares about this. He directs the SETI@home project, which scans space for radio signals that could indicate intelligent life.

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2 Responses to “Transition to digital TV makes earth harder to find for smart aliens”

  1. The ad you have on the MP3 podcast version of this article clearly spells out the WRONG URL. It should say nhmn.com and not nhmn.org.

  2. Jon Gordon says:

    Julian, you are right. Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve alerted the folks at MPR who need to know, and it will be fixed.

    -Jon Gordon