Friday, June 08, 2007

Life around red dwarf stars, explore Mars via the Internet and exploring geology through Jules Vernes

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 - If you want to find extraterrestrial intelligence, you're going to have to look in the right place. In our galaxy alone there are more than 100 billion stars, so you might expect to find a profusion of alien abodes. But which suns do you point your telescope at? Bright, yellow stars like our own Sun have always seemed the obvious place to start. In the past few years, though, researchers have begun to wonder if they've been neglecting a whole class of likely targets: red dwarfs. See article. Note: This article is from 1999.
g Abodes - Anyone connected to the Internet can now see Mars through the eyes of the most powerful camera ever to orbit another planet. The collection includes important scientific images of craters, caverns and sedimentary rocks used by researchers to yield clues about the history of Mars' environment. See article.
g Life - Quote of the Day: "Nothing in Biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution." — T.H. Dobzhansky
g Cosmicus - Until space tourism becomes a substantial business space activities, including particularly all crewed space activities, will remain a burden on taxpayers. But some argue that no activity other than tourism offers similar promise of turning space activities into profitable commercial activities in the foreseeable future. See
g Learning - In the 19h century, the new science of geology was greatly affected by technological innovations. From Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition is an essay about how Jules Verne used his novels, such as “Journey to the Centre of the Earth,” to explore the latest geological findings. See

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