Sunday, September 20, 2009

The lure of Hollywood aliens and how the press will handle first contact

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 - Book alert: “Extrasolar Planets and Astrobiology”, by Caleb A. Scharf, offers an advanced introduction to the increasingly robust fields of extrasolar planets and astrobiology. See reviews.
g Life - Biological curves were used to date the earliest forms of life. But could the discovery of how to make curved inorganic materials in the laboratory throw our understanding of life on Earth? See article.
g Message - Looking for life elsewhere is a tough task for human or robot. The good news is that the scientific skill and tools to search for, detect and inspect extraterrestrial life are advancing rapidly. See article. Note: This article is from 2002.
g Imagining - Newsweek magazine recently ran a cover story about the search for alien life. In this interview, Newsweek reporter Andrew Romano talks about the lure of Hollywood’s favorite story and real-life aspects of hunting aliens. See article.
g Aftermath - How will the press handle the announcement that we’ve made contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence? See article.

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