Thursday, April 02, 2009

One hundred billion trillion Earth-like planets and silicon lifeforms

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 - Due to their small radii, M-dwarfs are very promising targets to search for transiting super-Earths, a new paper says. See article.
g Abodes - The number of Earth-like planets in the universe might be the same as the number of stars - about one hundred billion trillion. See article.
g Life - A new study pinpoints why large, bony fish suffered heavily during the last mass extinction 65 million years ago. The results of the study are helping scientists understand the evolutionary processes behind life's history on our planet. See article.
g Cosmicus - Yuri’s Foundation may be a way the global space community can create a peak lobby group to push the case for space to the governments of the world as CERN did with the LHC. See article.
g Imagining - If interested in how silicon lifeforms might exist, check out Justin Stanchfield’s short story “A Debt Unpaid.” You’ll find it in the old anthology “Absolutely Brilliant in Chrome”.

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