Frank Drake: "It Would Be Silly" To Message Alien Life Today

Frank Drake, creator of the eponymous equation formulated to predict the probability of finding communicative extraterrestrial life in our galaxy, thinks that actively transmitting messages into outer space (as opposed to listening passively for extraterrestrial communication) is a silly, expensive, and inefficient… » 2/16/15 2:20pm 2/16/15 2:20pm

Nadia Drake Reflects On The Impact of Her Father's Famed Equation

In 1961, Frank Drake formulated an equation that would change the way we see ourselves in the Universe, and inspire in an unprecedented way the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Now, more than fifty years later, his daughter, science writer Nadia Drake, looks back on the impact of her father's eponymous… » 7/02/14 4:30pm 7/02/14 4:30pm

A Wonderful Interview with Frank Drake

In June 2012, SETI Institute Board Member Andrew Fraknoi sat down with astrophysicist Frank Drake, father of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, for a fantastic 45-minute interview about Drake's current projects at SETI and the history of his research – including the work that led to the famous equation of … » 2/04/14 10:30am 2/04/14 10:30am

This is the binary message we sent out to aliens 38 years ago

This is the Arecibo message, created by legendary astronomer Frank Drake in 1974. Of course, it's still competing with all the TV and radio signals we're constantly emitting...but at least this interstellar communication has a touch of dignity, you know? » 2/19/12 5:30pm 2/19/12 5:30pm

SETI Founder Explains How To Create A Galactic Internet

Are intergalactic lolcats in our future? SETI Founder Frank Drake thinks it's possible. Recently Drake said that alien civilizations may have created an intergalactic internet using an aspect of general relativity called gravitational lensing. How would that work? » 3/22/10 2:08pm 3/22/10 2:08pm