Saturday, January 05, 2008

Detecting signs of extraterrestrial life and aliens as dancing specks of dust

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 - Swiss scientist Michel Mayor, who heads the European team that announced the discovery of a new potentially habitable planet, has his sights set on an even bigger target, detecting signs of extraterrestrial life. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Life - Could alien life exist in the form of dancing specks of dust? According to a new simulation, electrically charged dust can organize itself into DNA-like double helixes that behave in many ways like living organisms, reproducing and passing on information to one another. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Message - Quote of the Day: “There is no doubt that highly intelligent beings exist in our universe, and that they are observing us. However, they are likely to be as far from us as King Canute was from television.” — Sir Patrick Moore

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