Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Extraterrestrial microbial life in the Earth's stratosphere and introducing kids to astrobiology

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 - A team of astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to detect, for the first time, strong evidence of hazes in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a distant star. See article.
g Life - A team of scientists from India and the United Kingdom claims to have found extraterrestrial microbial life in the Earth's stratosphere, but others in the astrobiology community have their doubts. See article. Note: This article is from 2001.
g Learning - Here’s a neat Web site to introduce kids who go ga-ga over movie aliens to the science of astrobiology. See article.

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