Sunday, October 04, 2009

‘A Farewell to Earth’ and would humanity survive 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 - Here’s an interesting albeit old report: A Farewell to Earth from the Galileo Homepage at JPL. A description of Galileo's encounter with earth, viewed as an experiment to see if we could detect life on a similar planet using similar instrumentation. Note: This article is from 1993.
g Life - Molecular fossils of algae in the so-called “K-P boundary” point to a very fast recovery of these organisms following the meteorite impact that killed the dinosaurs. See article.
g Intelligence - The skeleton of Ardipithecus ramidus, an ancient fossil dubbed "Ardi," is radically changing our ideas about mankind's origins. See article.
g Message - Here’s a quick, easy to understand primer to SETI’s radio searches and the Fermi Paradox.
g Aftermath - Of all mysteries of the universe, the possibility of meeting other intelligent species must be the most provocative. It would be the greatest achievement in the history of humankind to contact other intelligent species. But would we survive? See article.

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