Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Plunge into world’s deepest sinkhole, searching for alien life from home and ‘Alien Life’ word find

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 is preparing an underwater robot for a plunge into Earth's deepest sinkhole. The mission will be used to map the Zacatón sinkhole, and also to develop technologies that could be used to explore below the icy crust of Europa. See http://www.astrobio.net/news/modules.phpop=modload
g Message - Here’s a nice primer on the SETI@home project plus some information about how to download the program: http://www.impactsites2000.com/tekreview/SETI2004.htm.
g Learning - Here’s something fun for the kids: An “Alien Life” word find (http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/articles/20040922/wordfind. asp). It’s based on the Science for Kids article at http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/articles/20040922/Feature1.asp.