Sunday, June 07, 2009

Synthetic biology and space headaches

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 - For many people, the word "alien" means ET, Chewbacca or some green-headed space monster. But for a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, alien life is very different from the Hollywood version. These scientists are bringing the search for life in outer space back home to Earth. By looking at the Earth's oldest rocks and fossils they hope to help future NASA missions to Mars and beyond look for evidence of microbial life. See article.
g Life - Synthetic biology is a new field, but it's targeting an old question: How did life begin? See article.
g Cosmicus - Researchers are calling for the 'space headaches' that many astronauts experience to be defined as a new secondary disorder. Contrary to what scientists once believed, space headaches are not caused by space motion sickness. The results of the study may aid in the development of countermeasures to help keep astronauts safe and healthy while on long-duration missions. See article.
g Aftermath - I offer the following Web site entry on “exopolitics” from 2004 only as a basis for us to think about how people might react once we know an extraterrestrial civilization exists.

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