Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Could Zeta Reticuli be a home for ETI and what is exoarcheology?

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 - Could an extraterrestrial civilization exist around Zeta Reticuli AB? See article. Note: This article is heavy on UFO mythology.
g Abodes - Researchers are reporting the first experimental evidence showing how atmospheric nitrogen can be incorporated into organic macromolecules. The finding indicates what organic molecules might be found on Titan, a location that may be a model for the chemistry of pre-life Earth. See article.
g Life - Astrobiology Magazine’s field research editor Henry Bortman is spending a week alongside members of the Pavilion Lake Research Project in British Columbia, Canada. In this third field report, he discusses the ongoing effort to classify the lake’s microbialites. See article.
g Intelligence - Exoarchaeology, also known as xenoarchaeology, is the as-yet-theoretical archaeological study of remains and artifacts left by extra-terrestrial (i.e. "alien") cultures and civilizations. In a sense the field parallels the physical study of extraterrestrial life (exobiology or astrobiology), and the would-be study of living alien societies, were we to actually encounter one (exoanthropology). See article.
g Message - The odds of successfully eavesdropping on the daily radio traffic of extraterrestrial life forms have been calculated by a pair of UK scientists to be astronomically small. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA says its next generation Mars rover, Curiosity, will feature X-ray equipment that will let it more rapidly identify areas on the red planet that may have supported life. See article.
g Aftermath - Scientists such as the SETI Institute’s John Billingham and Jill Tarter have taken the lead in planning for the day we might receive a signal from life beyond Earth. Working with diplomats and space lawyers, they have helped develop protocols that guide the activities of SETI scientists who think they may have detected extraterrestrial intelligence. See article. This article is from 2003.

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