Monday, May 05, 2008

Habitable zone for Gliese 382 and how a warmer Earth will affect life

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 star Gliese 382?
g Abodes - The debate over climate change and its effects is often headline news. In the near future, scientists are concerned that the Earth will experience a continuing increase in global temperature. New research is showing that even if this increase is only a few degrees, it could have important repercussions for life on our planet. See article.
g Message - When talk turns to SETI, there’s one question that’s as common as catfish: "We’re not broadcasting to the aliens; so what makes you think they’ll be broadcasting to us?" See article.
g Learning - Americans love science in their movies and TV shows, yet recent reports indicate we are losing our scientific dominance to the rest of the world. Can science-themed entertainment get Americans off the couch and into the lab? See article. Note: This article is from 2004.

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