Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Theory and methodology of composing and transmitting interstellar radio messages

Welcome!“Alien Life” tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the variouselements of the famous Drake Equation. You may notice that this andfuture entries are shorter than usual; career, family and book dealcommitments have forced me to cut back some of my projects. Now, here’stoday’s news:
g Message - Throughoutthe entire history of terrestrial civilization, only four projectsinvolving transmitting of interstellar radio messages have yet beenfully developed and realized. Nevertheless, we should understand asimple thing - if all civilizations in the universe are onlyrecipients, and not message-sending civilizations, than no SETIsearches make any sense. We present the theory and methodology ofcomposing and transmitting of future IRMs. See article.
g Cosmicus - Thedesire for space exploration goes far deeper than political ambition oreconomic drive. It satisfies, in a sense, the basic necessity of acivilization to explore, play and expand outward. Here, Robert Zubrin,author of “Entering Space and The Case for Mars,” talks with Nexuspublisher Ravi Dykema about Mars, the human need for exploration andthe possibility of a celestial civilization. See article. Note: This article is from 2000.
g Learning - Ata conference center in California's Silicon Valley in 2004, an academicfield took shape. About 800 scientists, ranging from astronomers tozoologists, gathered to talk about life - how it arose on Earth andwhere we might find it on other worlds. Mixed in with the scientistsare academic publishers, engineers, government bureaucrats, historians,philosophers, television broadcasters, a scholar of Christian ethics,and a sprinkling of others attracted by the intoxicating sweep of thisnascent branch of research. Astrobiology, as the field is known, hasemerged as a hot topic in the past seven years, ever since NASA began aprogram using the name, with a budget of $71-million a year. See article.

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