Are we alone in the Universe is a question that has been asked over and over again, yet we still do not have the answer. The SETI Institute has been seeking an answer to that question since 1984. Many have also joined the SETI@home program, downloading the application onto their computers to help with the search by utilizing their computers when they are not in use.
The effort to search for extraterrestrial life just got a major boost. Internet investor Yuri Milner has pledged $100 million to the search. Radio telescopes, lasers, and other high tech equipment will be used to seek out signals from other points in space. This is only a 10 year commitment, but it will take the search significantly forward.