Xeni talks to philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen about The Allen Telescope Array, a $50 million astronomy project 6 years in the making that expands the search for extra-terrestrial life. Allen joins researchers from the SETI Institute and UC Berkeley today in Hat Creek, California, to announce that the first phase of the ATA is complete -- 42 of an eventual 350 radio dishes are now active and collecting scientific data from the universe.
Also in today's episode (starting at 4:44), mad professor Mark Frauenfelder dons his lab coat to demonstrate a peculiar sound instrument he made - a "boing box." Mark shows you how to make one yourself! He found the plans on bizarrelabs.com. Learn more in the next issue of MAKE magazine.
And! BBtv has an insanely cool, all-new intro animation, designed by Syd Garon (did the animated feature "DJ Qbert's Wave Twisters," "Somebody Goofed," and "Jack Chick's Titanic") with art from Adam Koford (did hobos! monkeys! laugh out loud cats!). Can you spot all the iconic BB elements in the subliminally speedy montage? Includes goatse and AACS keys, vulcans and tikis, sad popsicles and 8-bit unicorns, EFF and NSA, and much much more. Sound in that intro clip is by Carlos BÃªla of Golden Shower, and logo critters by eBoy.