Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It’s more than ‘follow the water’ and Big Ear tribute page

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 - Scientists may have found an answer to a basic cosmological question. If the universe is composed of matter and anti-matter, then how do we exist? See article.
g Abodes - The guiding principle in our current search for alien biology is "follow the water." But the new research suggests this target needs to be refined. See article.
g Life - Scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute have created a synthetic bacterial cell using manufactured DNA – and it’s created a debate in ethics. See article.
g Message - In late 1997, after almost 40 years of operation, the Ohio State University Radio Observatory and its "Big Ear" radio telescope — which picked up the famous “Wow!” signal — ceased operation. The land on which the observatory was sitting (owned by the Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio) was sold in 1983 to land developers who later claimed their rights to develop the property. The telescope was destroyed in early 1998. See Web page memorial to Big Ear.
g Cosmicus - This week the United States will come one step closer to one of those moments of sudden realization that are actually years in the making. The shuttle Atlantis pulled away from the International Space Station on Sunday and began preparing for it final scheduled landing Wednesday. See article.
g Learning - When we look up at the night sky, we seek planets, stars, and often our own Moon. The understanding of HOW and WHY planets orbit the Sun developed slowly. A thoughtful person who watched the day and night sky could conclude that the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets orbit the Earth which sits still at the center of the universe. Worldwide, most cultures developed just such a model and it is a part of many ancient cosmologies. See article. Note: This article is from 2002.

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