Friday, June 12, 2009

Water flowed on Mars 1.25 million years ago and alien hitch-hikers

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 - Water may have been flowing over the surface of Mars as recently as 1.25 million years ago, according to a new study that examined gullies and fan-shaped deposits on the Martian landscape and determined that they were formed by melting ice. See article.
g Life - Beginning this week, scientists and nonscientists now have easy access to information about when living species and their ancestors originated, information that previously was difficult to find or inaccessible. See article.
g Intelligence - The feeling of being disliked, ostracized or rejected was specially designed by evolution to be particularly painful, a researcher says. Subjectively speaking, being evaluated negatively by others can feel even worse than physical trauma. See article.
g Cosmicus - Quote of the Day: “Almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to give every member of the human species, back to the first apeman, his own private, world-sized heaven, or hell. How many of those potential heavens and hells are now inhabited and, by what manner of creatures, we have no way of guessing; the very nearest is a million times further away than Mars or Venus, those still remote goals of the next generation. But the barriers of distance are crumbling; one day we shall meet our equals, or our masters, among the stars” – Arthur C. Clarke
g Imagining - Bad news for the NASA administrator - the space shuttle has blown up again. But this time the cause is not foam-fretted tiles, it's alien hitch-hikers. That's right: aggressive extraterrestrials have bummed a rocket ride to Earth to take over our planet. It's a familiar theme, indeed, but there's a silver lining to this interstellar cloud: the invaders are doing it for your own good. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.

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