Saturday, July 03, 2010

What if ETI is many millennia beyond us and field report from Canada's Pavilion Lake

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 - A team of scientists and astronauts have ventured to Canada's Pavilion Lake to study the lake's odd bacterial life and practice techniques that may one day be used to seek out life on other worlds. Astrobiology Magazine's Henry Bortman sends a field report from the project
g Message - We inevitably tend to envision the capabilities of putative extraterrestrials as being similar to, or slightly more advanced than ours. But what could a society that’s many millennia beyond us do? Could they ever map our world and see our ancient walls, our cities, or even us? See article. This article is from 2003.
g Cosmicus - NASA's Curiosity rover - part of the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory mission - has been outfitted with an onboard X-Ray instrument that will help scientists determine if Mars was once habitable for life. The mission is currently scheduled for launch in late 2011. See article.
g Aftermath - It’s a quite old news story (14 years!), but the issues raised remain relevant and greatly underexamined: If E.T. phones home, will it be safe to answer? See article.

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