Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Understanding water’s role in life and how SETI came to be

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 Abodes -Scientists have discovered that water, a molecule essential for life as we know it, is not as well understood as we thought. The study adds to our understanding of water's role in the origin and survival of life on Earth. See article.
g Message -How did the SETI program come to be? See a timeline of the program’s history.
g Cosmicus - Quote of the Day: “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” – Arthur C. Clarke
g Aftermath - How would we go about deciphering a message sent by extraterrestrials? Two anthropologists suggest that we might gain clues to decoding more complex extraterrestrial messages by examining past attempts to decode languages right here on Earth. See article. Note: This article from 2001.

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