Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Thoughts on Mars, envisioning life on Europa and basis for the experience of beauty in art

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 - A comet that has delighted backyard astronomers in recent weeks after an unexpected eruption has now grown larger than the sun. See article.
g Abodes - The European Mars Science & Exploration Conference: Mars Express and ExoMars recently concluded. Here are some interviews with selected experts on some hot topics. See article.
g Life - If there is life on Jupiter’s moon Europa, what would it be like? The answer partly depends on the type of ocean water that is under the moon's icy outer shell. See article.
g Intelligence - Is there an objective biological basis for the experience of beauty in art? Or is aesthetic experience entirely subjective? See article.
g Cosmicus - Weather that originates at the Sun, not here on Earth, is responsible for radio waves that cause an unusual shape of two belts of radiation that encircle Earth and contain "killer electrons" that can damage satellites and pose a risk to space travelers, scientists report. See article. Note: This article is from 2006.

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