As such, the plant is a suitable candidate for studies of adaptation and evolution.
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In what some are hailing as evidence of gender equality in ancient cultures, archaeologists have discovered the cremated remains of 14 women buried alongside their male counterparts at Stonehenge, indicating that they likely were viewed as having equal social status.
At the SETI Institute, Doug Vakoch is the director of Interstellar Message Composition, which puts him in charge of an initiative that the organization has largely avoided until recently. He's also the president of METI International, which he helped set up last July to "conduct scientific research and educational programs in Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI)."
It was the culmination of years of heated dispute over the wisdom of trying to make contact with extraterrestrials, also called "active SETI," which some in the field think is a waste of time and others consider an existential threat to humanity. Stephen Hawking, for one, has wagered that advanced life-forms might not have the friendliest intentions and "may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria." In February last year, 28 leading astronomers signed a statement warning of METI’s dangers.
Seth Shostak and Vakoch agree that most of those fears are overblown, but it’s Vakoch who appears more concerned that they're stymying worthwhile research. "People have gotten bogged down in details that they really haven’t evaluated," he says, pointing out that it "doesn’t make a lot of sense" for aliens to "travel across interstellar distances and strip-mine our Earth for resources," referring to one of Hawking’s concerns.
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