Sunday, February 15, 2009

Antarctic worm and searching for a new home for humanity

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 - Global warming may be fueling Australia's fires. See article.
g Life - Researchers have discovered a hardy Antarctic worm that has unique methods for surviving in one of Earth's harshest environments. The worm's adaptations include drying itself out and going into suspended animation when water is low, and the ability to release antifreeze when temperatures drop. See article.
g Cosmicus - When humans look into outer space and its amazing distant realms, sometimes all we really want to find is someplace like home. Another planet like Earth, that is. Soon, a new NASA telescope mission called Kepler may finally make that happen. See article.
g Learning - To close off our coverage of Darwin Week, we provide a list of additional readings on the topic of evolution. See article.

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