Sunday, June 03, 2007

Where we’ll discover alien life, robotic explorer for Europa and astrobiology glossary

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 - The chance of detecting life outside our own solar system probably is greater than discovering it on neighboring planets and moons like Mars or Europa, a moon of Jupiter, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder professor. See article.
g Cosmicus - A NASA-funded robotic vehicle has plunged into the mysterious depths of Mexico's El Zacatón sinkhole and returned information about the unique forms of life that inhabit its waters. The robot may one day help in the search for life beyond our planet by taking the plunge into the oceans of Europa. See
g Learning - Don’t quite know what a word you’ve come across in an astrobiology article means? Here’s a handy glossary:
g Aftermath - Book alert: Prolific author Peter Ward offers a series of speculations in "Life As We Do Not Know It..." The book contains a wealth of information and dazzling speculation drawn from the ranks of Ward's colleagues in the 16 research institutions that operate worldwide as NASA's Astrobiology Institute. See

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