Thursday, May 07, 2009

Habitable moons around gas giants and looking for alien signals in all the wrong places

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 - Do rogue black holes wander through the distant outskirts of the Milky Way? A new theory suggests one way to find out: Look for small clusters of stars that should accompany such objects. See article.
g Abodes - Moons of giant planets may represent an alternative to the classical picture of habitable worlds. See article.
g Life - A Tyrannosaurus rex ancestor and an ostrich-mimic have emerged as two new dinosaur species found among a treasure trove of skeletons in China's Gobi Desert. See article.
g Message - It's been almost 50 years since scientists first came up with the idea of looking for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations - and although there have been a couple of curious blips, we haven't yet definitively heard E.T.'s cosmic call. Now the experts in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, are wondering whether we've been looking in the wrong places for the wrong kinds of signals. See article.
g Cosmicus - With an eye on increasing the number of students interested in science, technology and engineering degrees, the Universities Space Research Administration has secured $10 million from NASA to manage, enhance, and expand the Education Associates Program. See article.
g Aftermath - If we encountered an intelligent species on another planet, could we understand them? In turn, could extrasolar species decipher one of our 8,000 terrestrial languages in use today? See article. Note: This article is from 2004.

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