Monday, October 12, 2009

Habitability of Saturn’s moons and imagining a hyper-advanced alien civilization

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 - Astronomers have discovered an enormous ring around Saturn that may be linked to the moon, Phoebe. The finding highlights connections between the moons and rings of the Saturn system. The research could also help in determining how the system was formed and, ultimately, the habitability of moons orbiting the giant planet. See article.
g Message - Science fiction author David Brin offers a copy of his 1983 article “Xenology: The Science of Asking Who’s Out There”. While two decades old, the information is still relevant and offers a good overview of fundamental astrobiological questions.
g Cosmicus - Billionaire circus entrepreneur Guy Laliberte has returned to Earth after a 10-day tourist visit to the International Space Station. See article.
g Imagining - A hyper-advanced civilization may command such unimaginable power that it can fashion worlds and consume whole suns. But it would still be bound by the laws of physics. See article.
g Aftermath - "Any discovery of extraterrestrial life would raise some challenging questions - about the origin of life on Earth as well as elsewhere, about the centrality of humankind in the universe, and about the creation story in the Bible," said Connie Bertka, a Unitarian minister with a background in Martian geology. See article.

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