Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Many kinds of intelligences and new use for Mars Organic Analyzer

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 - A new technique is allowing astronomers to measure the sizes of small asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter for the first time. Previously, these asteroids were too small to measure using traditional methods. See article.
g Intelligence - We are used to thinking of humans as occupying the sole pinnacle of evolutionary intelligence. That's where we're wrong. See article.
g Cosmicus - A portable device known as the Mars Organic Analyzer, which was developed to sniff out extraterrestrial life on other planets, is taking on a new role in detecting air pollutants on Earth. See article.

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