Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Looking for proof of ET on Earth and what does it mean to be intelligent?

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Life - Professor Paul Davies, a physicist at Arizona University will tell a meeting at the Royal Society that the best way of proving that extra-terrestrial life exists elsewhere in the universe is to use evidence from earth. See article.
g Intelligence - What does it mean to be intelligent? What defines a species as intelligent, and how do SETI researchers decide? See article. Note: This article is from 2002.
g Message - For years scientists have wrestled with a puzzling fact: The universe appears to be remarkably suited for life. Its physical properties are finely tuned to permit our existence. Stars, planets and the kind of sticky chemistry that produces fish, ferns and folks wouldn't be possible if some of the cosmic constants were only slightly different. Well, there's another property of the universe that's equally noteworthy: It's set up in a way that keeps everyone isolated. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Cosmicus - NASA’s IceBite team are studying one of the few spots on Earth where the terrain resembles that of the Phoenix landing site on Mars. The place: a mile above sea level in Antarctica’s Dry Valleys. The goal: to test ice-penetrating drills for a future Mars missions. See article.
g Learning - Here’s a neat classroom activity: “Designer Genes for a Designer World”. In this series of guided inquiry activities, students explore how organisms adapt to their environments through changes in their genetic codes.

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