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Stephen Hawking seeks life on other planets

By John von Radowitz

Physicist Stephen Hawking has teamed up with a Russian billionaire to launch a new quest to discover life on other planets.

The celebrated scientist has given his backing to Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Initiatives project, which will provide £64m over the next decade to those searching for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Mr Milner, an entrepreneur who made his fortune through investments in technology companies, said he would harness the innovation of Silicon Valley to scan the skies for signs of life, including searching the entire Milky Way and 100 nearby galaxies

The Breakthrough Listen branch of the project will use the world's finest telescopes to carry out radio and optical surveys.

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