Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Modifying the Drake Equation and is Pandora possible?

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 – Cassini, the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn, has revealed intricate details of the gas giant planet and its moons - but many mysteries remain. See article.
g Life – Aphids may be the only animals that can get a colorful type of nutrient without having to eat their veggies. See article.
g Message – Should we modify the Drake Equation to account for civilizations which actually engage in deliberate interstellar transmission? See article.
g Cosmicus – No single nation has the necessary resources to take on complete and thorough space exploration on its own, astronauts said recently at the 26th National Space Symposium, held in Colorado Springs earlier this month. Therefore, the only possible solution to advance research in astrophysics, astronomy and astrobiology is international cooperation. See article.
g Imagining – Moderated by astronomer and visualization scientist Robert Hurt, of the NASA/Caltech/JPL Spitzer Space Telescope Center, panelists recently watched clips from the film "Avatar" and analyzed them for their real-world relevance, focusing on the intriguing question: "Is Pandora possible?" See article.

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