Monday, May 26, 2008

Phoenix lands and data from Galileo mission

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 Barnard’s Star?
g Abodes - Yogi Berra supposedly suggested that when you come to a fork in the road, you are supposed to take it. That's just what planetary scientists studying the rich data set from the Galileo mission to the outer solar system are doing now. They're taking the fork. See article.
g Intelligence - Scientists may have revealed the origin of the battle of the sexes—in our genes. See article.
g Message - Quote of the Day: “It’s the most important scientific question we can ask: Are we alone? Are we unique?” – Peter Doran
g Cosmicus - NASA’s Phoenix lander has touched down safely on Mars and sent back the first close-up pictures of the planet’s northern arctic plains. Over the next three months, it will look for evidence of liquid water in Mars’s recent past. See article.
g Aftermath - The more anthropocentric a person is, the less likely he is to believe that life exists beyond Earth. See article.

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