Monday, August 16, 2010

Common fallacies about SETI and Frank Drake honored

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 - New data shows that the supercontinent, Gondwana, underwent a 60-degree rotation across Earth's surface during the Cambrian period. This continental movement may have had a profound effect on the evolution of Earth's biosphere and climate. See article.
g Life - Anyone who knows a trilobite from an ammonite can tell you that the history of early life is a book written in rock. According to SETI Institute scientist Friedemann Freund, chapter one and perhaps chapter two may have been written at least in part, by the rocks themselves. See article. This article is from 2003.
g Message - Many common ideas about SETI just aren’t true, but that doesn't prevent them from popping up in popular articles, blogs, books, and even movies. Here are three common fallacies about SETI. See article.
g Cosmicus - How many light-years is it to the nearest alien civilization? See article. This article is from 2006.
g Learning - Astronomer Frank Drake, the “father of SETI,” received top honors at a banquet gala Saturday at the SETIcon convention here about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. It is not only the 50th anniversary of that first experiment, called Project Ozma, but also Drake's 80th birthday. See article.
g Aftermath - If we encountered an intelligent species on another planet, could we understand them? In turn, could extrasolar species decipher one of our 8,000 terrestrial languages in use today? See article. This article is from 2004.

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