Monday, February 15, 2010

If Venus and Mars had been switched at birth and security during the first 30 days after 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 - If Venus and Mars had been switched at "birth" we might have had two habitable planets in our solar system. See article. Note: This article is from 2001.
g Message - In Part Three in the series on stellar and terrestrial evolution, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the PBS/NOVA Series "Origins", discusses the limits of radio searches for extraterrestrial life. See article. Note: This interview is from 2005.
g Cosmicus - Michael Griffin, who championed the Constellation program as NASA administrator under President George W Bush, told the Washington Post that its cancellation amounts to an abandonment of human space flight. See article.
g Learning - Do you want to incorporate astronomy into your science curriculum? Astronomy offers an inviting way into the world and culture of science. Here’s a set of dynamic lesson plans to build engaging classroom lessons and activities using the many audio and video resources from StarDate Online.
g Aftermath - The scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence is accelerating its pace and adopting fresh strategies. This increases the likelihood of successful detection in the near future. Humanity's first contact with alien intelligence will trigger extraordinary attention from the media, from government authorities, and from the general public. By improving our readiness for contact, especially for security during the first 30 days, we can avoid the most negative scenarios — and also enhance humanity's benefits from this first contact with an alien intelligence. Six potential problem areas include communicating with the media and the public, communicating with scientific colleagues, government control, an assassin or saboteur, well-meaning officials and lawsuits. See article.

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