Fire in the Sky – Twice

Well, hey — nothing can make you feel like you’re living in an alternative reality faster than a meteor blasting through the atmosphere, rattling your windows, and injuring over 500 people. As you’ve probably heard already, this happened in Siberia today. The New York Times has a report with some good video HERE.

The meteor is not related to the large asteroid passing earth later today, by the way. To watch the asteroid D14’s flyby live this afternoon (2:25 EST), see Science Friday’s NASA Stream HERE, or Clay Center Observatory’s webcast HERE.

SETI’s Gamify Competition

SETI has initiated an “epic” competition to “gamify” the SETI program and get many more people involved in searching for life out there.

Excerpt from their announcement: The primary goal of this social/scientific challenge is to help SETI empower global citizens to participate in the search for cosmic company and to help SETI become financially sustainable so it can live long and prosper. This article explains our problem and what we are looking to accomplish. We invite everyone to answer the question, “How would you gamify SETI?”.

To be more specific:

* Can we create a fun and compelling app or set of apps that allow people to aid us in identifying signals?
* Do you have any ideas to make this process a fun game, while also solving our problem, by applying game mechanics and game-thinking?
* Can we incorporate sharing and social interaction between players?
* Is monetization possible through virtual goods, “status short-cuts” or other methods popularized by social games?
* Are there any angles of looking at the problem and gamifying that we have not thought of?

Continue reading HERE.