Monday, June 01, 2009

Tiny stars harbor planets and trying to find the first small exoworld

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 - A Jupiter-like planet has been discovered orbiting one of the smallest stars known, suggesting that planets could be more common than previously thought. See article.
g Abodes - Planets are like insurance premiums: smaller is usually better. But better worlds are in short supply. See article.
g Life - At the Los Alamos National Laboratory, scientists are trying to create artificial life. In this interview, Hans Ziock discusses the progress made so far, and the steps that still need to be taken for life to arise in the lab. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Cosmicus - Quote of the Day: “Human beings are explorers by nature. The descendants of curious apes, there is something in us that thrills at new vistas, new ideas.” – Ben Bova

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