Friday, March 19, 2010

Most Earth-like orbit of an exoworld discovered and eavesdropping on signals from galactic civilizations

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 - An international team of astronomers has discovered an exoplanet - one outside our solar system - that has a more Earthlike orbit than any alien planet discovered so far using the same technique. See article.
g Message - Soon, we may be eavesdropping on signals from galactic civilizations. See article.
g Cosmicus - Researchers have proposed a new sample-return mission to visit the asteroid 1999 RQ36. Such a mission could help us learn how to move an asteroid that's set on a collision course with Earth. See article.
g Learning - The patterns etched by geological evolution are visible at altitude. Closer up, fossils tell the story of earlier life upon our continent. Gazing to the heavens, astronomers gather evidence of the evolution of planets, stars, galaxies—the whole universe evolves. Natural history museums host large collections of extant and extinct life that document biological evolution. Yet, teaching evolution remains controversial in America. See article. Note: This article is from 2005.
g Aftermath - Book alert: If you have been interested in scholarly theories concerning extraterrestrial intelligence but have not had the opportunity to read the books, journal articles and conference reports on the subject, this is the book for you. In “Extraterrestrials: Science and Alien Intelligence,” editor Edward Regis, Jr., science writer and associate professor of philosophy at Howard University, brings together the reflections of notable scientists and philosophers concerned with the existence and nature of ETs. One essay specifically discusses the philosophical and sociological impact of contact. See article. Note: The book was published in 1990.

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