Accept it is a waste of money to look for aliens and yes Im a space news fan. First off, Im not saying aliens do or do not exist only that there is bigger problem with finding them. First of lets ignore the fact the universe is insanely big thus that alone makes finding aliens a huge problem. No lets look at something everyone forgets to look at when talking about looking for aliens, and that is "time". Just like space time is fricken huge, there are approx 13.82 billion sol year time units on the table right now. So how does this effect finding aliens, well the question I will throw back is how long do you expect a space going empire to survive before it either destroys itself of collapses. I'm going with 150,000 years and to be honest even then I think I am over doing it. So lets say the first 6 billion years of our galaxy didn't have the right conditions for intelligent life forms so that leaves 13.82 - 6 = 7.82 billion years. So how many 150k space faring cycles can I fit into 6 billion years, the answer is 40,000. Thus in linear time periods there has been over 40,000 space going boom and crash space empire slots. So for humanity to find aliens we must be alive and looking during a period when an alien race is still exploring space and the chances of that are very very, very, small. In fact the odds are in favour that we exist in a period with no space going aliens in our region either because we are too soon or too late to enter the space exploring ball game.