Thursday, February 25, 2010

Locating mineral deposits on Mars and a seriously cool, out of this world science class

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 - When the 7.0 magnitude earthquake ripped apart Haiti, many of us were reminded of how vulnerable we are to the Earth’s natural systems. Despite our ability to drastically change the climate, in the end we are subject to the forces of nature, whether they have been unleashed as a result of human actions or not. See article.
g Message - There’s a nice column in a 2005 Carlisle (Pa.) Sentinel where the author talks about his use of SETI@home, which “represents that … possibility that tomorrow something truly amazing might happen.” See column.
g Cosmicus - Future Martian explorers should find it easier to locate mineral deposits on Mars thanks to a team of Australian researchers. See article.
g Learning - Although seriously cool, out of this world, things occur in Scott Davidson’s combined math and science class, the class itself is not overly serious. See article.
g Aftermath - Here’s one common man’s musings on the consequences for society if extraterrestrial intelligence is discovered: "Inevitably society would change should extraterrestrial intelligence be discovered. The question is to what extent. We might react in the same way we did with the new millennium when it was imminent, but it proved to be much ado about almost nothing. The same may be true for the discovery of one or more extraterrestrial civilizations. On the other hand, the extreme opposite is a scenario where all of our worst fears are fulfilled." For more, see article.

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