Saturday, March 29, 2008

Sandy particles orbiting a newborn solar system and aliens in science fiction films

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 - An international team of astronomers has uncovered the faintest stars ever seen in any globular star cluster, bringing scientists closer to revealing the formation time of one of the earliest generations of stars in the Universe. See article.
g Abodes - Astronomers have found small, sandy particles orbiting a newborn solar system at about the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun. Their report could shed new light on how distant, Earth-like planets might form. See article.
g Message - SETI research isn't limited to a single facility listening to radio signals. Another dimension of the program is The Mega-Channel Extraterrestrial Assay, which searched the Southern Hemisphere's skies briefly during the 1990s.
g Imagining - Here's a neat site that examines aliens in science fiction films. While short on studying the evolution of those aliens, it does discuss how these villainous creatures are a manifestation of our own fears, a nice take on the anthropomorphic bias most people possess regarding alien life. See article.

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