Monday, July 26, 2010

Difficulty of understanding ETI and maps of the Red Planet

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 - Dark matter successfully explains the observed large-scale structure of the universe, a science blogger argues, as simulations without dark matter all fail to match the observations, but with dark matter, they match up practically perfectly. See article.
g Abodes - A camera aboard NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has helped develop the most accurate global Martian map ever. Researchers and the public can access the map via several websites and explore and survey the entire surface of the Red Planet. See article.
g Life - Is there any evidence for panspermia, or is it just a seductive idea with a sexy moniker? See article. This article is from 2003.
g Message - What if we examined how to communicate with extraterrestrials from a telecommunication engineer’s point of view? That’s the approach of Brian McConnell’s book, “Beyond Contact: A Guide to SETI and Communicating with Alien Civilizations.” Though the book has been out a few years now, it’s still worth a read if you haven’t already delved into it. For more about the book and an interview with McConnell, see review.
g Cosmicus - Yvonne Pendleton has been named director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute headquartered at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. See article.
g Aftermath - Will we ever find a primer for decoding messages from extraterrestrials? Recently anthropologists who gathered for a major conference heard some news that will be sobering for SETI enthusiasts: It may be much more difficult to understand extraterrestrials than many scientists have thought before. See article.

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