Thursday, May 14, 2009

Weird rocky exoplanets and the Herschel Space Observatory

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 - At last we are finding rocky planets like our own. But some are pretty weird: The smallest may have a mineral-vapor atmosphere that condenses as lava rain or rock snow. See article.
g Life - Many of the organic molecules essential for life have been identified in space. Set to launch this month, the Herschel Space Observatory could help astronomers better characterize these molecules and determine whether or not these materials from space played a role in the origin of life on our planet. See article.
g Intelligence - Researchers who reverse-engineered an ancient superglue have found that Stone Age people were smarter than we thought. See article.

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