Friday, July 16, 2010

Amateur SETI and space probe rides solar sail

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 - Complex interactions between Saturn and its satellites have led to a comprehensive model that could explain how oxygen may end up on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. The presence of these oxygen atoms could provide the basis for pre-biological chemistry. See article.
g Life - Primitive life left its mark on Earth by transforming rocks, creating patterns and minerals only formed in the presence of life. See article.
g Intelligence - When they taught together at Harvard in the late 1990s, psychologist Daniel Simons and his student Christopher Chabris got an idea for a new experiment testing how the brain processes visual information. Their 60-second test was outrageously simple: it required only that you watch people passing basketballs. See article.
g Message - The search for extraterrestrial life need not be limited to the government or scientists. Don’t believe it? Then check out this Web site, “Amateur SETI: Project BAMBI (Bob and Mike’s Big Investment)”, which describes the design and construction of a 4 GHz amateur radio telescope dedicated to SETI.
g Cosmicus - An unmanned probe riding a solar sail through space has felt its first accelerating push from sunlight in a successful test of its novel propulsion system, Japan's space agency has announced. See article.
g Aftermath - Visitors from other worlds – should any appear – would be enormously ahead of us from a technological viewpoint. The same is true for any aliens we might tune in with our SETI experiments. See article. This article is from 2000.

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