Saturday, December 19, 2009

Planet only 2.7 times size of Earth discovered and searching for alien probes

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 - Scientists have reported the detection of signals that could indicate the presence of dark matter. See article.
g Abodes - Astronomers have discovered a 'super-Earth' orbiting a distant star using off-the-Shelf, amateur technology. The finding shows how low-cost technologies can aid in the search for habitable worlds. The planet, GJ1214b, has a radius only 2.7 times that of Earth and may contain water and a gaseous atmosphere. See article.
g Intelligence - An octopus and its coconut-carrying antics have surprised scientists. See article.
g Message - Just as our own robots reach out beyond the solar system, searching for life elsewhere may well involve hailing some kind of space artifact in our own neighborhood. At least one style of life search is about looking for the technological evidence of life, rather than its wet biology. See article. Note: This article is from July 2004.
g Learning - David Morrison is upset. According to British newspaper, The Independent, Dr. Morrison, a respected astronomer in NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, admitted to receiving up to 1,000 enquiries and e-mails concerning the end of the world. See article.
g Aftermath - Quote of the Day: "The possibility of intelligent life beyond Earth … . Few important subjects are so data-poor, so subject to unwarranted and biased extrapolations - and so caught up in mankind's ultimate destiny - as is this one." — David Brin

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