Saturday, May 29, 2010

Solar system with out-of-whack planetary orbits and Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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 a planetary system where two of the planets orbit at a steep angle to each other. The discovery will affect theories of how multi-planet systems evolve and shows that violent events can disrupt the orbits of planets after a system forms. See article.
g Life - A United Nations report has little good to say about the health of biodiversity in the world. The report says national governments have failed to honor a biodiversity protection treaty. As a result, the report says, the rate of plant and animal species disappearing is continuing faster than ever before. See article.
g Message - We’ve all heard of SETI, bit what about METI — “Messaging to Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” or sending both scientific and artistic messages to the stars? See article.
g Learning - Watch videos, marvel at lush photos, interact with the universe, and much more courtesy of the History Channel. See article.
g Aftermath - We could retrieve a message from another world within just a few decades. Suddenly, the idea of “talking back” would become more than just a wry, dry academic straw man. See article. Note: This article is from 2004.

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