For those interested in communication with aliens and planetary Armageddon, there was only one place to be this weekend: SETIcon, in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Santa Clara.

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For those interested in communication with aliens and planetary Armageddon, there was only one place to be this weekend: SETIcon, in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Santa Clara.

The conference featured panels with titles like “Do we have to learn Klingon: How will we communicate with ET?” and “Will the kind of rock that obliterated the dinosaurs get us next?” Participants included NASA scientists, researchers from top universities, and the odd Star Trek actor. Talks were oriented towards a general audience.

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