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"The international SETI community has established a 0 to 10 scale for quantifying detections of phenomena that may indicate the existence of advanced life beyond the Earth called the Rio
Scale. The BSRC team assesses the Borra-Trottier result to currently be a 0 or (None/Insignificant) on this scale. If the signal were to be confirmed with another independent telescope, its significance would rise, though an exhaustive analysis of other possible explanations, including instrumental phenomena, must be performed before supporting the hypothesis that artificially generated pulses are responsible for the claimed signal."

From here: https://seti.berkeley.edu/bl_sdss_seti_2016.pdf
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See: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/stephen-hawking-and-yuri-milner-announce-100m-initiative-to-seek-extraterrestrial-intelligence/

What's odd about this is I thought Stephen Hawking believed we should be hiding from ETs, not looking for them.

But anyway, I'm of the opinion there's none to be found, believing if they're out there they'd be everywhere by now.

Edit: OK, it's not a prize that's being offered as I first thought, but funding for the search. Which of course is better, if you happen to be one of the searchers.

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