Sunday, March 07, 2010

Making it more difficult for ETI to her us and the man who’ll welcome the aliens

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars - Twinkling stars are often compared with diamonds, sparkling and bright. Stars are made almost entirely of hydrogen and helium with traces of other elements; diamonds are made of carbon. However, there are real diamonds in the sky, and they derive from the fiery furnaces that make stars shine. See article. Note: This article is from 2007.
g Abodes - Asteroid impacts may not only account for extinctions in the oceans and on land 65 million years ago. According to new research, the resulting dust, darkness and toxic metal contamination following impact may also be responsible for the unevenness of extinctions and recovery following the impact event. See article.
g Intelligence - Governments should prepare for the worst if aliens visit Earth because beings from outer space are likely to be just like humans, a leading scientist is claiming. See article.
g Message - Human beings are making it harder for extraterrestials to pick up our broadcasts and make contact, the world's leading expert on the search for alien life warned. See article.
g Cosmicus - we want to go to the Moon. Why? Because the Moon is an ideal "staging post" for us to accumulate materials and manpower outside of the Earth's deep gravitational well. From the Moon we can send missions into deep space and ferry colonists to Mars. Tourists may also be interested in a short visit. Mining companies will no doubt want to set up camp there. The pursuit of science is also a major draw. For whatever reason, to maintain a presence on this small dusty satellite, we will need to build a Moon base. Be it for the short-term or long-term, man will need to colonize the Moon. But where would we live? How could we survive on this hostile landscape? See article. Note: This article is from 2008.
g Imagining - Here we are swimming three-dimensionally through the blue dream of Avatar when some spoil-sport astro-biologist called Simon ­Conway Morris snatches off our glasses to tell us that, when the third encounter happens, aliens will be "very like us". Who needs body snatching? Carbon-based ­bipeds must, according to the laws of evolution, be roughly the same throughout the universe's 250bn galaxies. Boringly humanoid. If Dr Conway Morris is right, it will be a sad day for sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Ever since the Grendel family rose out of the ­primeval marsh to take on ­Beowulf in the first work of English literature, we have pictured aliens as the ­ineffable "other". Fictional aliens come in all colours, shapes and ­dispositions. See article.
g Aftermath - If we are ever contacted by aliens, Paul Davies with will be one of the first humans to know. He's chair of the SetiSearch For Extraterrestrial Intelligence Post-Detection Task Group. They're a group of the world's most eminent scientists and will be, come the big day, the planet's alien welcome committee. His is an awesome responsibility, and one he doesn't take lightly. See article.

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