The SETI institute has been searching for extraterrestrial life for a few decades but due to budget and funding issues the institute was unfortunately shut down earlier this year. Fortunately today SETI announced that thanks to funding from individuals the SETI program will once again be searching for extra terrestrial life in space.
SETI is a unique operation in the way it searches for extra terrestrial life; by utilizing extra resources on home and business computers SETI is essentially able to analyze a huge amount of data without needing any super computers or large data centers. Distributed computing actually became a popular endeavor after SETI began to catch on with home users just a few years ago.
In April SETI shut down as funding was cut off which meant no future development or additional data could be captured. Thanks to the two hundred thousand dollars raised through private funding SETI is planning to create a new array of telescopes and monitoring systems that should hopefully make the entire project much more successful. Either way the SETI team is glad to be back on the search for extra terrestrial life in space; no word on when exactly the new equipment will be online and ready to function but the SETI team says they will begin working as quickly and efficiently as possible to reduce waste and hopefully prevent any future budgeting shutdowns. Until then the SETI project will continue to run as a distributed computing project.