Thursday, July 09, 2009

Plants may save planets from ice ages and call for an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver

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 - During the last ice age, glaciers advanced over mucah of the Earth's surface. Scientists have long wondered why the planet didn't freeze over entirely. New research shows that Earth may have been saved from a runaway 'icehouse' by plants. See article.
g Life - Project Scientist Jorge Vago explains how the European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover, scheduled for launch in 2011, will carry out its search for signs of life on Mars. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Learning - What are SETI scientists doing to foment the study and understanding of astrobiology in our schools? See article.
g Aftermath - A movement is underway in Denver, Colo., to approve creation of an 18-member Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission that would “ensure the health, safety and cultural awareness of Denver residents and visitors in relation to potential encounters or interactions with extraterrestrial intelligent beings or their vehicles.” If this initiative garners the 3,973 valid signatures required to make the ballot, and is passed by voters, the Commission would be funded by “grants, gifts and donations.” See blog article.

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