National Institute for Discovery Science

Astrobiology and SETI

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Articles/Book Reviews

Research Methodologies On Contact With ETI

John Alexander, Ph.D., National Institute for Discovery Science

After Contact: The Human Response to Extraterrestrial Life (Book Review)

John Alexander, Ph.D., National Institute for Discovery Science

Beyond The Satellites: Stimulating A New Wave of Commercial Space Development (69k)

Bigelow Aerospace & Patton Boggs

Where Are The Dolphins?

Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart. Reprinted from: Nature, Vol. 409, 22 February 2001, pp. 1119–1122

Interest in extraterrestrial life has tended to focus on a search for extrasolar planets similar to the Earth.

But what of forms of intelligent life that are very different from those found on Earth?

Solar System SETI Using Radio Telescope Arrays

Bruce Cornet & Scot Stride

Wormhole-Stargates: Tunneling Through The Cosmic Neighborhood
Slide Presentation (1.5 MB)

Eric W. Davis, Ph.D., National Institute for Discovery Science

Interstellar Travel by Means of Wormhole Induction Propulsion (WHIP)
Slide Presentation

Eric W. Davis, Ph.D., National Institute for Discovery Science

Wormhole Induction Propulsion (WHIP)

Eric W. Davis, Ph.D., National Institute for Discovery Science

Consequences of Success In SETI: Lessons From The History Of Science

Steven J. Dick, U.S. Naval Obs., 1993 Bioastronomy Symposium

author of The Biological Universe: The Twentieth-Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science

Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle, and the Undectectability Conjecture

Beatriz Gato-Rivera, CSIC, Spain

Could we be immersed in a large alien civilization without being aware of it?

Space Testing of Electromagnetically Sensitive Materials for Breakthrough Propulsion Physics
Slide Presentation

A. Holt, E.W. Davis, H. Puthoff

The Day After Contact: Forecasting Reactions to Extraterrestrial Life

Albert A. Harrison, Ph.D., U.C. Davis and Colm Kelleher, Ph.D., National Institute for Discovery Science

The Physics of Extra-Terrestrial Civilizations

Michio Kaku

Cometary Panspermia Explains the Red Rain of Kerala

Godfrey Louis & A. Santhosh Kumar

Space Flight as an Anticipatory Computing System

Edgar Mitchell, Ph.D., NIDS Science Advisory Board

Engineering the Zero-Point Field and Polarizable Vacuum for Interstellar Flight

H.E. Puthoff, Ph.D., et al., Institute for Advanced Study at Austin

Polarizable-Vacuum (PV) Representation of General Relativity

H.E. Puthoff, Ph.D., Institute for Advanced Study at Austin

Can the Vacuum be Engineered for Spaceflight Applications?

H.E. Puthoff, Ph.D., Institute for Advanced Study at Austin

SETI, the Velocity-of-Light Limitation, and the Alcubierre Warp Drive: An Integrating Overview

H.E. Puthoff, Ph.D., Institute for Advanced Study at Austin

Intelligent Life in the Universe: What Role Will iIt Play In Our Future?

Allen Tough, Ph.D., University of Toronto

How Can We Achieve Contact?

Allen Tough, Ph.D., University of Toronto

Small, Smart Interstellar Probes

Allen Tough, Ph.D., University of Toronto

The View from a Distant Star: Challenges of Interstellar Message-Making

Douglas A. Vakoch, SETI Institute

SETI and the Testing of Quantum Gravity

Peter Wilson, Ph.D., University of Sydney

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The Astrobiology Index

maintained by David J. Thomas, Ph.D.

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The Space Studies Board

The Space Studies Board provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications.

Dialogue with the Scientific Community

The National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) seeks dialogue with members of the scientific community regarding our recent NIDS Essay Competition, which was concerned with establishing "out of the box" thinking and reasoned debate on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. 

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