Friday, August 17, 2007

Superman’s home world, life starting on a comet and lunar architecture

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 - An extraordinary fast-moving star with a comet-like tail could be sowing the seeds of life on distant worlds. 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 article. Note: This article is from late 2005.
g Life - Welsh scientists are claiming they have evidence life on Earth started inside a comet in space. See article.
g Message - Quote of the Day: "In the near future short radio waves will penetrate our atmosphere and ... be the main means of stellar communication.” - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
g Cosmicus - Kids, even in space you have to brush your teeth. That's what teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan was doing yesterday morning, 225 miles from Earth, as she and other crew members floated inside the space shuttle Endeavour. In Old Town Alexandria, elementary and middle school students watched, transfixed by the dreaminess of her movements. See article.
g Learning - Here’s a neat set of middle school lesson plans about aeronautics, courtesy of the Aeronautics Learning Laboratory. See article.
g Imagining - Like first contact stories? Then be sure to read Marc Bilgrey’s "Random Acts," in the anthology “First Contact,” edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Larry Segriff (published by DAW in 1997).
g Aftermath - Here’s another “old” piece worth reading: “Consequences of Success in SETI: Lessons from the History of Science”, given during a Bioastronomy Symposium in 1993.