Tuesday, January 29, 2008

’To send or not to send?’ and humanity’s manifest destiny

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 - What is the habitable zone for the nearby white dwarf WD 0552-041? See article.
g Abodes - New 3D seismic images of the Chicxulub crater may change theories about the KT Extinction Event and the demise of the dinosaurs. The data shows that the crater-forming impact may have been more deadly than previously thought. See article.
g Message - Those who propose, or oppose, sending Messages to Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence must contemplate the Hamlet-like question: "To send or not to send?" See article.
g Cosmicus - The Moon is the next logical step if we, as a civilization, are going to embrace our destiny and claim space as our birthright. This is Humanity’s Manifest Destiny. See article.
g Learning - The research scientists aren’t the only ones getting excited about astrobiology. This new discipline has tremendous potential for revolutionizing science education. It is rich with exciting content to engage those who generally don’t consider themselves scientifically-oriented, and also for opening the ears and minds of adults who may want a new reason to visit their local science center. See article.