Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Improving the Deep Space Network and Enceladus’ dramatic plumes

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 - A new photo shows dramatic plumes, both large and small, spray water ice out from many locations along the famed “tiger stripes” near the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. See article.
g Life - Promiscuous females may be the key to a species' survival, according to new research. See article.
g Intelligence - Even premature babies at 33 weeks post-conceptional age, about 2 months before term (40 gestational weeks), are capable of recognizing and distinguishing two objects of different shapes (a prism and a cylinder) with their right or left hands. This is the first demonstration of fully efficient manual perception in preterm human infants. See article.
g Message - There’s an intriguing set of four articles, each with a separate explanation of a different quantum phenomena, that when taken together form a mosaic needed to understand the final explanation of a proposed quantum astronomy experiment, possibly using the Allen Array Telescope and the narrow-band radio-wave detectors being build by the SETI Institute and the University of California, Berkeley. For the first piece in the series, click here; second piece; third piece; fourth piece. Note: These articles are from 2004.
g Cosmicus - NASA officials broke ground near Canberra, Australia, on Feb. 24, beginning a new antenna-building campaign to improve Deep Space Network communications. See article.

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