Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Where rocky worlds form and organic molecule detected in an extrasolar planet

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 - The most detailed measurements to date of the dusty disks around young stars confirm a new theory that the region where rocky planets such as Earth form is much farther away from the star than originally thought. See article.
g Life - Hubble has made the first detection of an organic molecule in an extrasolar planet. The breakthrough is an important step toward identifying signs of life on a planet outside our Solar System. See article.

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