Thursday, March 01, 2007

Martian water, SuperBot and are you a future SETI scientist?

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 - New data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is changing our understanding of water on Mars and is helping scientists narrow the search for signs of life on the Red Planet. See
g Intelligence - Familiarity breeds more than contempt. It can also lead to communication snafus. See
g Cosmicus - One of the most challenging issues for human-centered long-range space exploration is performing complex tasks in environments that are not human-friendly.... the traditional approach of building separate robots for separate tasks (such as the CanadaArm and surface rovers) may no longer be adequate for affordable space exploration as the required robotic tasks become diverse and the need to pack many functionalities into a single launch volume increases. Enter SuperBot. See
g Learning - Are you a future SETI scientist? See
. Note: This article is from Feb. 2001.