Science: Cosmic Search

Listening for life in space

As it points serenely skyward from a ridge dotted with apple orchards, the 84-ft.-wide dish appears to be just another space-age antenna. But last week, the Harvard radio telescope, 30 miles northwest of Boston, became the center of a champagne inaugural and worldwide scientific attention. As colleagues and reporters clustered around him inside the observatory's control room, Harvard Physicist Paul Horowitz tapped a few keys on a computer terminal. A minute or so later, a jumble of jagged lines flickered onto a video monitor. They represented the random...

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