Friday, February 12, 2010

Saturn mission extended and SETIcon

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 - From Yellowstone Park to the ocean's abysses, researchers are in hot pursuit of the universal ancestor. Not the sort that is painted in oils and hung proudly in the hallway, but a single-celled creature with few distinctive features save a fondness for living in near-boiling water. See article. Note: This article is from 1998.
g Message - Quote of the Day: "Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." - Bill Watterson, “The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes”
g Cosmicus - Summary: The international Cassini-Huygens mission to explore Saturn and its moons has been extended to 2017. With the new mission extension, Cassini can continue to gather valuable data about the Saturn system. See article.
g Learning - The world-renowned SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute will host science fans and experts, including celebrities and influential thinkers, at the first-ever SETIcon to be held Aug. 13-15, 2010. As one of the most anticipated scientific events of 2010, scientists and enthusiasts from across the globe will present a dynamic program dedicated to one of humanity’s most profound questions: “Are we alone?” See article.
g Aftermath - Look for an intriguing book to read: “Space, the Final Frontier?” by G. Genta e M. Rycroft. Published in 2003. The book primarily examines how we can become a spacefaring civilization, but it does include an interesting chapter about life in the universe, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, the Drake Equation, intelligent lifeforms, whether other lifeforms will be more like ET or Alien, and the possible humanoid characteristics of extraterrestrials. See commentary and a table of contents.

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