Monday, April 28, 2008

Discovery of a familiar solar system and SETI radio search primer

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 M dwarf GJ 625?
g Abodes - The discovery of a small-scale and very familiar solar system in the distant reaches of the galaxy has fired the imaginations of star-seekers everywhere. See article.
g Message - Here’s a quick, easy to understand primer to SETI’s radio searches and the Fermi Paradox. See article.
g Learning - The Astrobiology Science Conference, recently held in Santa Clara, California, was a complex universe teeming with topics and ideas. Although there were far too many interesting presentations to cover in full, this overview provides a few highlights. See article.
g Imagining - An impressive listing of “Star Trek” aliens exists at “Star Trek Aliens”. Of course, most “Star Trek” aliens either are just humanoid (an unlikely scenario, though the series did explain it away by saying a previous humanoid race “seeded” worlds with their DNA) are incorporeal. Still, the series did offer some intriguing species — most notably the horta, tribble and Species 8472 — merit attention.

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