Saturday, January 26, 2008

METI as a viable option and build your own alien world

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 - Liquid water is essential for life as we know it, and the water molecule has many characteristics that scientists have long thought were unique. Now, scientists are studying a new hypothetical 'model molecule' that behaves much like water in computer simulations. See article.
g Life - Astronomers from Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, have detected for the first time the molecules methanimine and hydrogen cyanide - two ingredients that build life-forming amino acids - in a galaxy some 250 million light years away. See article.
g Intelligence - Lack of sleep is associated with poorer physical function in older women during daytime hours, a University of Pittsburgh study found.
g Message - Is METI, or “Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence”, a viable option? See article.
g Imagining - Have you ever wanted to build your own alien world? Now you can! See article.

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