Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Nine exoplanets discovered and new ways of looking for ET

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 - Astronomers have discovered nine new transiting exoplanets, some of which were found to orbit in the opposite direction as their host stars See article.
g Message - Theoretical physicist and astrobiologist Paul Davies says we need to start searching for it in a whole different way. In his new book, “The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe?”, which appeared on shelves in North America this week, he argues that SETI needs a paradigm shift. Instead of listening for radio messages — which aliens may not be broadcasting, anyway — he thinks we should look elsewhere, even on earth — in rocks, in strange forms of life, and even inside us, in our DNA.
g Cosmicus - Landing a man on the moon was a towering achievement. Now the president has given NASA an even harder job, one with a certain Hollywood quality: sending astronauts to an asteroid, a giant speeding rock, just 15 years from now. See article.
g Aftermath - The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence cannot guarantee success in a trivial, superficial sense (that is in the form of the discovery of an alien civilization). But at its deeper levels SETI certainly stimulates and influences our thoughts and transforms our society in profound ways. See article.

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