Monday, April 13, 2009

Life-giving broth around stars cooler than our sun and searching for ET right under our noses

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars - M-dwarf stars, much smaller, dimmer and cooler than stars like our sun, are by far the most common type of star in our galaxy. Yet scientists searching for life on other worlds have not shown much interest in M dwarfs. That's about to change. See article. Note: This article is from 2005.
g Abodes - Life is thought to have arisen from a hot soup of chemical ingredients. Could such a life-giving broth exist on planets around distant stars as well? A new study using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates that a different mixture of life-forming chemicals may exist on planets that orbit stars cooler than our sun. See article.
g Life - The idea made fellow scientists laugh: The search for extraterrestrial life may be under our noses, even in our noses. See article.
g Cosmicus - What would it take to energize the public about interstellar flight? The answer seems obvious: Discover an Earth-type planet around another star. See article.

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