Thursday, May 06, 2010

Exoplanets orbiting ‘backward’ and ‘Don’t talk to 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 Abodes - The discovery of nine new planets challenges theories of how planets form. Unlike our solar system, two of the planets orbit in the opposite direction to the rotation of their host star. See article.
g Life - Using ancient DNA preserved in mammoth bones, scientists have learned how the extinct species survived extreme cold. The study could provide new insights into the history of life on Earth. See article.
g Cosmicus - Researchers at the biennial Astrobiology Science Conference described a series of ambitious new projects they say will continue the search for extraterrestrial life. See article.
g Imagining - Like stories about alien biologies/environments? Be sure to scour your favorite used bookstores for Larry Niven’s “Ringworld” (1970) and the sequel, “Ringworld Engineers” (1980). See article.
g Aftermath - Stephen Hawking, the British theoretical physicist, has created a stir with his new Discovery Channel TV series "Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking," saying Earth should be careful looking for aliens, because they likely won't come in peace. "Don't talk to aliens" is how the Times of London headlined its story. See article.

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