Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Jupiter’s banded flows, how Fermi’s paradox was first asked and laboratory created aliens

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 - Just in time for Thanksgiving, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has harvested a bounty of young stars. A new infrared image of the reflection nebula NGC 1333, located about 1,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, reveals dozens of stars like the Sun but much younger. See article.
g Abodes - Scientists from the Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and the University of California Los Angeles, have now presented a new three-dimensional computer model that successfully describes and explains all important characteristics of the banded flows on Jupiter. The simulations suggest that the wind system may reach as deep as 7,000 km into the planet's atmosphere. See article.
g Life - Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have discovered that pheromones essential for mating behavior in mice are recognized by the nose and not by the vomeronasal system, as researchers had long suspected. See article.
g Intelligence - Perceiving a simple touch may depend as much on memory, attention, and expectation as on the stimulus itself, according to new research from Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Scientists there found that monkeys' perceptions of touch match brain activity in the frontal lobe, an area that assimilates many types of neural information. See article.
g Message - Here’s an account of how Fermi’s famous question, "Where is everybody?" was first asked. Sorry in advance for the Web site that I found this on.
g Cosmicus -Faster-than-light travel does not necessarily conflict with the theory of relativity, a physicist says. See article.
g Learning - Here’s a neat set of lesson plans for middle school science students: "Interstellar Space Travel and Space Technology: The Solar system and Beyond".
g Imagining - You can keep Alabama on the places not worth moving to, unless you like living the Dark Ages: The state school board voted unanimously Thursday to keep a disclaimer in biology textbooks that describes evolution as "a controversial theory" after no one in the audience disputed the label, which has generated heated debate in the past. See article.
g Aftermath - What would you call an alien if you encountered it on the street tomorrow? What if that alien didn't come from another world but rather was created in a laboratory right here on Earth and functioned differently from other Earth life? See article.

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