Friday, July 09, 2010

First directly observed extrasolar planet orbits sun-like star and contact with ETI by 2100

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 confirmed that the first directly observed extrasolar planet is orbiting a sun-like star. The planet is adding to our knowledge of how planetary systems form and can help astrobiologists better understand where to search for habitable worlds around distant stars. See article.
g Life - Modern marsupials may be popular animals at the zoo and in children's books, but new findings by University at Buffalo biologists reveal that they harbor a "fossil" copy of a gene that codes for filoviruses, which cause Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers and are the most lethal viruses known to humans. See article.
g Message - Britain’s Astronomer Royal says we’ll likely know if intelligent aliens exist by the end of this century. See article. This article is from 2005.

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