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  1. 27 Jul 2009 --- NGC 6302, a butterfly-shaped nebula surrounding a dying star in Scorpius seen by the Hubble telescope. --- Image byNASA/Corbis

    Billionaire Pledges $100 Million to Find Aliens

    He’s sure the truth is out there. Russian entrepreneur Yuri Milner has promised to devote a chunk of his fortune to finding alien life, aided by a team of scientists that includes Stephen Hawking. Milner’s baby is Breakthrough Listen, a 10-year project that’ll search 101 galaxies for radio signals — and the intelligent life that might have created them. He says even if we don’t find other civilizations, the knowledge that we could be alone in the universe might encourage mankind to treat the Earth with more care. 

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