An analytical breakthrough that could significantly improve our chances of finding extra-terrestrial life in our galaxy has been discovered by a team at The University of Manchester.

In new research published today in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the researchers demonstrate a reanalysis of existing data that represents a new milestone in the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

The collaborative research team has dramatically expanded the search for  from 1,400 stars to 280,000—increasing the number of stars analysed by a factor of more than 200.

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