SETI calls for citizen scientists -

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute has opened up its data to all and sundry.

It's also publishing its signal-detection algorithm, hoping techies everywhere can make it even better and pick up a few of the aliens' missed calls.

"If you are knowledgeable about digital signal processing and pulling signals out of noise - we need you," says the website.

"If you are eager to use your eyes, ears, and mind to help us find anomalies in the data streaming from the Allen Telescope Array - we need you."

In particular, they're after software developers, data parsing and gaming geeks and amateur radio astronomers.

We suspect that what they'll actually get... well, you can work it out for yourselves.