Saturday, May 31, 2008

Habitable zone of Epsilon Eridani and groundwater seepage on Mars

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 of nearby Epsilon Eridani?
g Abodes - Amphitheater-headed canyons have been used as diagnostic indicators of erosion by groundwater seepage, which has important implications for landscape evolution on Earth and astrobiology on Mars. See article.
g Life - The most comprehensive analysis ever performed of the genetic relationships among all the major groups of snakes, lizards and other scaly reptiles has resulted in a radical reorganization of the family tree of these animals, requiring new names for many of the tree's new branches. See article. Note: This article is from 2005.
g Message - What is the "zoo hypothesis"? See article.
g Cosmicus -This week's Mars landing by the unmanned Phoenix spacecraft may bring back applications that enhance life on Earth as much as they inform on whether life exists elsewhere. See article.
g Learning - Science teacher Grant Elliott watched anxiously from his Cobourg home as the NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander settled safely on Mars on May 25. Elliott was one of two Canadian teachers chosen by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to perform scientific investigations on the frozen terrain the Mars mission will encounter. See article.
g Aftermath - The recent Hollywood movie "War of the Worlds" by Steven Spielberg garnered much attention, but it's nothing like that accorded the 1938 radio version of H.G. Wells' novel. The extent of the panic that broadcast caused is still debated. So what really happened that night? See article.

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