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Search for Advanced Civilizations Beyond Earth Finds Nothing Obvious in 100,000 Galaxies

After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory has found no evidence of advanced civilizations in them. "The idea behind our research is that, if an entire galaxy had been colonized by an advanced spacefaring civilization, the energy produced by that civilization's technologies would be detectable in mid-infrared wavelengths -- exactly the radiation that the WISE satellite was designed to detect for other astronomical purposes," said Jason T. Wright, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at Penn State University, who conceived of and initiated the research.

"Pushing Science Beyond Einstein" is a free public lecture on February 28, 2015 (Event Date: 28 February 2015) (100 Thomas Building, from 28 February 2015 11:00 AM to 28 February 2015 01:00 PM)

"Using General Relativity to Discover Planets" is a free public lecture on February 21, 2015 (Event Date: 21 February 2015) (100 Thomas Building, from 21 February 2015 11:00 AM to 21 February 2015 01:00 PM)

Complex nerve-cell signaling traced back to common ancestor of humans and sea anemones (16 February 2015)

Dragonfly gut infections suggest environmental role in obesity (11 February 2015)

Lin receives William G. Hunter Award (10 February 2015)

"Capturing the Birth Cries of Black Holes" is a free public lecture on February 14, 2015 (Event Date: 14 February 2015) (100 Thomas Building, from 14 February 2015 11:00 AM to 14 February 2015 01:00 PM)

Andrew Read named Eberly Professor in Biotechnology (9 February 2015)

Research in Action: NSF Grant Helps to Further the Search for Earthlike Exoplanets (6 February 2015)

"The Warped Side of the Universe" is a free public lecture on February 7, 2015 (Event Date: 07 February 2015) (Nergis Mavalvala, the Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology February 7, 11:00 a.m. HUB-Robeson Center Alumni Hall, Penn State , from 07 February 2015 11:00 AM to 07 February 2015 01:00 PM)

Albert honored with title of Distinguished Professor (3 February 2015)

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