Monday, April 18, 2005

Wired planet and Martian biology

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars – Consider it nothing short of the cosmic quest for all time: Understanding the origin, evolution, distribution and fate of life on Earth and in the universe. There has been a salvo of new findings, just within the last few years alone. See article.
g Abodes – Imagine the planet wired for a nearly continuous readout on its vital signs, shared by all. That's the essence of a White House plan announced today. See article.
g Life – Berkeley biophysicist Richard Mathies talked with Astrobiology Magazine about plans for a 2009 experiment to test for Martian biology. By making a portable test for protein detection and classification, his contribution to future forensics may yield the most comprehensive tests yet for detecting life elsewhere. Can heating soil samples with amino acids reveal biological origin — or not? See article. Note: This article is from 2004.
g Intelligence – Here’s a neat primer to human prehistory, divided into three sections: 1. Overview of Human Evolution; 2. Hominid Species Timeline; and based on evolution, 3. Human Physical Characteristics. See article.
g Message – What are our friends south of the equator doing in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence? After all, the Northern Hemisphere only covers half of the galaxy. See article.

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