SETI abandons search for extra-terrestrial life
According to the Washington Post, SETI Institute CEO Tom Pierson sent an e-mail to employees on Friday (April 22), saying there was a shortage of funds -- $5 million -- to keep the Telescope Array online.
"Here we are, just at the point of finding habitable worlds as common as cheap motels, and we're mothballing the one instrument that can investigate if there's life," says Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI. "It's like being set down on treasure island, and then not being given a shovel."
So far, no reaction from Jodie Foster, who made contact with alien life forms in 1997. Oh wait, that was a movie: