Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SETI’s 25th anniversary and exploring distant worlds via avatars

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 - Have a good look at this star. For astronomers have discovered that it is on course to collide with the outskirts of our solar system with potentially catastrophic consequences. See article.
g Abodes - Scientists have discovered that the Earth's magnetic field 3.5 billion years ago was only half as strong as it is today. This could have had profound implications for the evolution of the biosphere, which would have been bathed in higher levels of intense solar radiation. See article.
g Life - There’s a lot more going on beneath those huge sheets of Antarctic ice than you might think. NASA researchers say they uncovered a major surprise in December: The team drilled an eight-inch hole and stuck a video camera 600 feet down, hoping to observe the underbelly of the thick ice sheet. To their amazement, a curious critter swam into view and clung to the video camera’s cable. The team also retrieved what they believe to be a tentacle from a jellyfish. See article.
g Message - Marking its 25th anniversary this year, the SETI Institute has conducted some of the world’s most profound and influential scientific research since opening its doors for business in 1985. See article.
g Cosmicus - At this year's Oscars, there was a great deal of buzz surrounding the science fiction epic, “Avatar.” The movie focuses on human explorers virtually immersing themselves in the environment of a distant world through the eyes and body of an avatar. The movie may be science fiction, but the concepts behind avatars in space exploration are based in science fact. See article.
g Aftermath - What would be the social consequences in case a SETI-project would actually be successful or mankind would be confronted in another way with the existence of an extraterrestrial civilization? See article. Note: This article is from 2005.

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