Friday, July 25, 2008

Water inside Moon rocks and new tools for astrobiologists

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 70 Ophiuchi AB?
g Abodes -Scientists have discovered water inside beads of volcanic glass from Moon rocks collected by the Apollo missions. The finding could alter our understanding of how the moon formed and evolved. See article.
g Life - A UCLA "world summit" will bring together internationally renowned scientists from 12 countries — including the U.S., Russia, China, Japan, Australia and India — to address ancient microscopic fossils, from July 27 to Aug. 2. See article.
g Message - In the coming months, two new tools will greatly expand astrobiologists' capacity to hear and see other promising signs of life. See article.
g Aftermath - the “generic” evolutionary pathway of advanced technological civilizations is more likely to be optimization-driven than expansion-driven, in contrast to the prevailing opinions and attitudes in both future studies on one side and astrobiology/SETI studies on the other. See article. See article.

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