This is fantastic news after all. http://www.breakthroughinitiatives.org/News/1 The work that began with pioneers like Frank Drake now proceeds forward. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/20/the-new-100-million-search-for-life-in-the-cosmos/ http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/21/science/yuri-milner-russian-entrepreneur-promises-100-million-for-alien-search.html
From the Rolling Stone article about birth tourism. Wonder how many such cases of birth tourism are happening from India. I remember reading about people (from India) going to the U.S. to give birth in the India Today during the pre-internet days. Must be more than 20 years ago.