Sunday, February 25, 2007

International Heliophysical Year, Titan’s haze and strange creatures in frigid waters

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 Stars - The International Heliophysical Year has officially begun (Feb. 19) ­— two years dedicated to a better understanding of the how the Sun affects the Earth and the other planets in the solar system. See
g Abodes - Saturn's moon Titan is notorious for its shroud of organic haze. Recent experiments suggest that early Earth may have been covered by a similar haze. The discovery could shed light on how life spread around the globe. See
g Life - Several strange creatures including a psychedelic octopus have been found in frigid waters off Antarctica in one of the world’s most pristine marine environments. See http://www.livescience
g Learning - Here’s a neat classroom activity courtesy of NASA: Who Can Live Here? Students explore the limits of life on Earth to extend their beliefs about life to include its possibility on other worlds. See