Monday, August 31, 2009

AMASE update and disproving cometary panspermia

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 - Far north in the arctic, the AMASE 2009 expedition team is collecting samples of unique life that inhabits the glacial ice of Svalbard, Norway. The expedition is a test for technology that could one day be used in the search for life on Mars. See article.
g Life - A young scientist claims to have disproved a theory that living bacteria from space called “Cometary Panspermia” could have led to the origin and spread of diseases like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) that ravaged many countries in early 2000. See article.
g Message - Among the most important SETI work is being done at Harvard University. Here's the Harvard SETI home page. See article.
g Cosmicus - Quote of the Day: “Looking back from the year 3000 – some 40 generations hence – most of the historical and political issues that concern us now will have been forgotten. World War II will seem as distant as the Battle of Hastings does to us now. The geopolitical landscape will have transformed into an astropolitical landscape. Our science will seem quaint and embryonic. However, the desire to better know our place in the universe, to push the frontiers, to explore beyond one more barrier, will remain.” – Steven J. Dick
g Aftermath - Douglas Vakoch is one of a relatively small collection of scientists addressing the question of how to talk back to extraterrestrials. While most researchers involved in the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence come from physics and engineering backgrounds, Vakoch draws on a background in linguistics, sociology and psychology to explore SETI-related issues. Here’s an interview with him from 2003 about communicating with ET.

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