Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lithium as an indication of planetary systems and Catholicism acknowledges the possibility of ETI

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars - A census of 500 stars has successfully linked the 'lithium mystery' observed in our sun to the presence of planetary systems. The study shows that sun-like stars with planetary systems lack lithium, and could help astronomers identify more stars that host planets. See article.
g Abodes - Is there water on the Moon? The NASA LCROSS mission has determined the answer to be a resounding YES! See article.
g Message - There’s an intriguing set of four articles, each with a separate explanation of a different quantum phenomena, that when taken together form a mosaic needed to understand the final explanation of a proposed quantum astronomy experiment, possibly using the Allen Array Telescope and the narrow-band radio-wave detectors being build by the SETI Institute and the University of California, Berkeley. Here are the parts in the series: Part-I; Part-2; Part-3; and Part-4. Note: This series is from 2004.
g Cosmicus - With the shuttle program entering its final year of operation, engineers are readying Atlantis for launch Monday on a three-spacewalk mission to deliver 15 tons of spare parts and equipment to the International Space Station as a hedge against failures when the shuttle is no longer available for service calls. See article.
g Aftermath - The Catholic Church may have theological problems acknowledging some “miracles,” but not, it seems, the possibility of little green men. See editorial.

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