Sunday, August 16, 2009

Detecting atmospheric makeup on exoworlds and what it’s like to intern at SETI

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 - A team of scientists at New Mexico Tech is beginning a project to detect atmospheric makeup on planets outside the solar system, ranging in distance from 10 to 100 light-years out in space. See article.
g Message - How should we communicate with other lifeforms if we make contact? See article.
g Cosmicus - Quote of the Day: “The same people who think the space program is a waste of money won’t leave their houses in the morning until they check the satellite weather channel.” – Dave Marinaccio
g Learning - A California university student recounts what it’s like to intern at SETI. See article.
g Aftermath - Here’s a hidden gem about alien contact: the science fiction story “Contact, Incorporated,” about a private company that Earth’s government hires to make first contact with extraterrestrials. It’s from 1950 and appears in the seminal classic, “The Classic Book of Science Fiction,” edited by Groff Conklin (your library ought to have this volume). Despite being more than a half-century old, it remains an intriguing examination of how to communicate with aliens.

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