Sunday, July 18, 2010

Juno spacecraft in cleanroom and following up potential ETI signals

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 - Scientists with NASA's ICESCAPE mission are currently exploring the Arctic's Chukchi Sea, studying the physics, chemistry and biology of the ocean and ice. Studying environments such as this can help astrobiologists better understand the effects of climate change and the role they will play in the future habitability of 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 (PLRP) in British Columbia, Canada. In Bortman’s fourth field report, he discusses work being done to determine the role biology plays in forming the Pavilion Lake microbialites. See article.
g Intelligence - A woman's body shape may play a role in how good her memory is, according to a new study. See article.
g Message - In real-time SETI, if you miss a beat the dance starts over. If you have to start over, you’ve just wasted precious telescope time and perhaps missed the most important discovery in history. That’s why Project Phoenix follows up on potential Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI) signals within minutes of the original detection. See article. This article is from 2003.
g Cosmicus - NASA's Juno spacecraft is in a cleanroom in Denver, where engineers recently added a unique protective shield around its sensitive electronics. Juno's launch window opens in August 2011, when the craft will begin its mission to study the Jupiter system. See article.
g Learning - What is the Carl Sagan Center? Astrobiology has become one of the hottest fields of science, and one of the most interesting to the general public. Research in astrobiology has spread widely, with many major universities and other research institutions establishing active programs. Scientists at the SETI Institute have been doing astrobiology research for more than two decades. See article. This article is from 2008.

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