Friday, March 13, 2009

Killer comets and aliens among us

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 - Large debris disks around certain stars may imply a high rate of killer comets that wipe out any chance of life forming in these stellar systems. See article.
g Abodes - NAI’s Deep Time Drilling Project supported the drilling of several pristine cores from ancient rocks in Western Australia in 2004, and a new paper in last week’s Science, led by University of Washington astrobiologists, outlines results from the analysis of these cores. See article.
g Life - Aliens may be living among us. Lurking in nuclear waste pools. Breeding in acidic lakes. Or creeping underground devoid of oxygen and light. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA has selected seven academic and research teams as initial members of the agency's Lunar Science Institute, and Naval Research Laboratory researchers will play a substantial role on one of the teams. See article.

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