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The Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, which is being used to listen for evidence of intelligent life in the universe. Wikimedia Commons
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Can the Search for Alien Life Be Spurred by a Lottery?

A new paper suggests using a combination lottery and savings bond to ensure funding for the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

April 6, 2017
1:15 PM EDT
An artist's impression of the view from Proxima Centauri b, a newly discovered Earth-sized planet just four light-years away. It is unclear if there is intelligent life in the universe, but searches continue to find Earth-sized planets in the habitable zones of their respective stars. NASA