Monday, June 25, 2007

Red dwarfs hospitable to life, finding Krypton and NASA’s future lunar science activities

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 - Red dwarfs, the cool, low mass stars that make up more than 75 percent of the stars in the Milky Way galaxy might be more hospitable to life than was previously thought, according to a new study by a Pennsylvania research team. See article.
g Abodes - As every comic-book fan knows, Superman was born on the planet Krypton, which orbited a red star. Scientists are now learning that the Superman legend may contain a kernel of truth: the best places to find life in our galaxy could be on planets that circle the small but common stars known as red dwarfs. See Note: This article is from late 2005.
g Life - Quote of the Day: "Innumerable suns exist; innumerable earths revolve around these suns in a manner similar to the way the seven planets revolve around our sun. Living beings inhabit these worlds." — Giordano Bruno, from On the Infinite Universe and Worlds, 1584
g Cosmicus - NASA has selected proposals for future lunar science activities and established two new programs that will enhance research made possible by the Vision for Space Exploration. See

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