Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ways the Earth tries to kill us and using anticryptography to interpret an alien message

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 - In Peter Ward’s newest book, “Under a Green Sky,” he explains how global warming has led to the loss of life throughout Earth’s history. In this interview, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks with Ward about the many ways the Earth tries to kill us.
g Life - New research shows that it took at least 30 million years for ecological systems on Earth to fully recover after the most devastating extinction event in the planet's history.
g Intelligence - Coffee is an effective countermeasure to sleepiness for those young and middle-aged, but napping is more efficient in the young, a French study found.
g Message - Interpreting any alien message likely will involve anticryptography. See article.
g Aftermath - What are the psycho-social issues of communicating with extraterrestrials intelligently? See article.