Our progress toward intergalactic fellowship has suffered another blow, as SETI suspended operations of its Allen Telescope Array. Funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the array is a collection of radio dishes that scan the skies for signs of life; now it'll be in "hibernation" mode until 2013, when the institute's new round of funding begins. SETI hopes to raise $5 million to bring the Array back online before then, while it continues to use other telescopes around the world, including the Hubble Space Telescope
. The budget woes are especially bitter given the number of recently identified alien planets – NASA's Kepler mission
. If any of them are broadcasting the next Wow! signal, let's hope it doesn't fall on deaf earthling ears.