Wednesday, November 02, 2005

International Space Station landmark and evolution goes to the polls

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Abodes - An unparalleled study on salty acid lakes in Australia provides a rare, modern analogy to ancient geologic formations on Earth and Mars. See article.
g Life - The view that life will emerge with high probability on Earth-like planets is shared by many scientists, although opinions differ on just how like Earth an Earth-like planet needs to be. One planet known to be 100 percent Earth-like is Earth itself. If life originated on Earth, rather than being brought here from somewhere else, the question then arises as to whether life may have arisen more than once. If that is the case, then it is of interest to ask what evidence might exist for such a second genesis of life. See article.
g Intelligence - The daily routines of one in ten American in Vermont, Alaska, Maine and other northern states will change for the worse on Sunday. See article.
g Message - Want to help SETI discover alien life? If you haven’t already done so, download the free SETI at Home software. Using Internet-connected computers, the program downloads and analyzes radio telescope data on your desktop when it is idle. The program has been so successful in plowing through data that other scientific researchers, especially in medicine, are adopting it to their fields.
g Cosmicus - Break out the thermostabalized beef tips with mushrooms and rehydratable apple cider! NASA and the International Space Station partners are celebrating a major milestone, as the unique orbiting laboratory marks the fifth anniversary of continuous, onboard human presence. As of today, crews have lived and worked on the station more than 1,826 consecutive days. See article.
g Learning - At the polls in Dover, Pa., voters will render their decision Nov. 8 on whether to retain eight of the nine Dover Area School Board members or replace them with a slate whose platform calls for removing intelligent design from the curriculum. See article.
g Imagining - Like stories about alien anthropology/cultures? Be sure to scour your favorite used bookstores for Mary Gentle’s "Golden Witchbreed" (1983) and "Ancient Light" (1987), which examines a culture of feline aliens.
g Aftermath - Quote of the Day: "The possibility of intelligent life beyond Earth … . Few important subjects are so data-poor, so subject to unwarranted and biased extrapolations - and so caught up in mankind's ultimate destiny - as is this one." — David Brin

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