Friday, December 05, 2008

Life below Mars’ surface and turning over Earth’s desert rocks to find it

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 -By simulating conditions at and below the surface of Mars, experiments now suggest that bacterial life could exist below its sterile surface layer of soil. See article.
g Life - Kimberley Warren-Rhodes has spent countless hours in some of the world’s driest deserts, turning over rocks. Tens of thousands of rocks. What is she hoping to find? The pattern of life. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Message -Since SETI first became a subject for serious scientific research, scientists have come up with many possible ways to detect the presence of other civilizations by searching our part of the galaxy for signs of artificially created signals. Using many different kinds of detection equipment and novel concepts, investigators labored away in their electronics laboratories and observatories dreaming, that one day, the signs they had been searching for would be found. See article.
g Cosmicus - Researchers are carefully observing asteroids in order to determine their composition - and the best way to protect the Earth from any that might be headed our way in the future. See article.
g Aftermath - What are the societal implications of astrobiology? A NASA workshop in 1999 set out to determine what they might be. Here’s their report. See article. Note: This article is from 1999.

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