Monday, December 10, 2007

When our universe became hospitable to life, ideas about what alien life might look like and Astrobiology Primer

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 - The universe might have been hospitable for life 500 million years earlier than we thought, according to researchers. See article.
g Life - Is there life in the universe beyond our planet Earth? This is a question that has been pondered for literally thousand of years. Though scientists have yet to find proof of extraterrestrial life, they have discovered enough about biology and chemistry, along with the makeup of stars and other worlds, to formulate some comprehensive ideas about what kind of life and where such organisms might exist elsewhere in the cosmos. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA on Sunday delayed the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis until January after a gauge in the fuel tank failed for the second time in four days. See article.
g Learning - Here’s something neat, courtesy of The Astrobiology Primer. It is a reference tool for those who are interested in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology.
g Imagining - Since no extraterrestrial life forms have been conclusively discovered, alien physiology lies in the realm of our imagination. See article.

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