Friday, May 15, 2009

Astro-comb and we can visit Mars if we want to

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Abodes - Researchers have developed a new technique to detect small, extrasolar planets that are more Earth-like than the majority of planets discovered thus far. They call it the "astro-comb", and it could help astrobiologists in the search for distant, habitable worlds. See article.
g Life - Synthetic biology and microbial insights will soon allow scientists to custom-build bacteria capable of surviving on other planets, says extremophile expert John Baross. See article.
g Cosmicus - When will humans visit Mars? Charles Cockell, a microbiologist who studies life in extreme environments, believes we have the necessary technology to go today if we really wanted to. See article.
g Aftermath - Here’s another “old” piece worth reading: “Consequences of Success in SETI: Lessons from the History of Science”, given during a Bioastronomy Symposium in 1993.

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