Thursday, April 29, 2010

Asteroid with frozen water found and NASA not worried about 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 – Our universe might have originated from a black hole that lies within another universe. See article.
g Abodes – Scientists have found lots of life-essential water — frozen as ice — in an unexpected place in our solar system: an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter. See article.
g Life – According to a statistical analysis of the fossil record, dinosaurs were adept at coping with all sorts of environments, and not as restricted in their geographic ranges as previously thought. See article.
g Intelligence – For the first time elephants have been found to produce an alarm call associated with the threat of bees, and have been shown to retreat when a recording of the call is played even when there are no bees around. See article.
g Message – Stephen Hawking created quite a buzz this weekend when he said that contacting extraterrestrial life might be too dangerous for earthlings. In his Discovery Channel documentary, the famed British physicist said that intelligent life forms are almost sure to exist, but contacting them might bee too risky. NASA doesn’t appear to be too worried. See article.
g Cosmicus – Future satellites could deploy solar sails to help take down pieces of space junk floating around Earth and a tiny new spacecraft hopes to make it possible. See article.

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