Sunday, October 01, 2006

Mars exploration, nanotechnology in the brain and space adventurer

Welcome! “Alien Life” tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. You may notice that this and future entries are shorter than usual; Career, family and book deal commitments have forced me to cut back some of my projects. Now, here’s today’s news:
g Abodes - NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity has arrived at the rim of a crater approximately five times wider than a previous stadium-sized one it studied for half a year. See
. For related story, see “NASA's new Mars camera gives clear view of planet” at
g Life - A tuberculosis pandemic among an ancient mammoth-like creature probably contributed to the great beasts' demise, a new study suggests. See
g Intelligence - Two MIT scientists have used nanotechnology to reconnect brain cells. See
g Cosmicus - Anousheh Ansari’s is not a tourist. The self-described “space ambassador” is better described as a “space adventurer.” See For related story, see “Ansari blog provides insight into life aboard space station” at