By Eddie Wrenn
Edinburgh University is planning to enroll thousands of students this month on a course to learn how to search for aliens.
The university has joined some of America’s top institutions in launching a series of free online courses – including an Introduction to Astrobiology and the Search for Extra-terrestrial Life.
The course will discuss such questions as: what are the possibilities for intelligent life elsewhere? How would society deal with contact with aliens, and who would represent Earth?
Hopefully the course may also teach the basics of photography so that future tales of close encounters are not accompanied by blurry, out-of-focus shots of dots in the sky.