One of the promises of the internet was that it would fuel an intellectual revolution, particularly in emergence of citizen science. To date, that promise has seemed to be more a pipe dream than a reality. But occasionally, one comes across a reminder of its potential. Herewith is a stunning example of what is possible. It is also a reminder of the role serendipity and insight plays in evolution of knowledge.
Two scientists from the University of Rochester and the University of Washington have developed an “archaeological form” to the famous Drake equation, which will allow us to determine how many technological civilizations have formed in the history of the universe. And it seems there may be a number of them.