Although scientists have not (officially) come into contact with an extraterrestrial species, two scientists are theorizing that it is possible that they have gone unnoticed in our solar system because of the vastness of space.
Federal government cuts have shut down the radio telescope used by SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Ironically, it was a form of alien intelligence, for want of a better description, that shut it down- Accountancy.
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The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) in California has been shelved due to funding shortfalls. The array, which monitors the skies for extra-terrestrial life, became the latest victim of US budget cuts.