Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Proof of ET in 25 years and opening spaceflight to thousands

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 have been trying to figure out how mountains form on Saturn's moon, Titan. The best explanation may be that Titan is shrinking as it cools, wrinkling the surface like a raisin. Understanding physical processes on Titan can help astrobiologists determine the potential for life on the unique, frigid moon. See article.
g Life - It seems like I ran this story just five years ago, but … Proof of extraterrestrial intelligence could come within 25 years, an astronomer who works on the search said Sunday. See article.
g Message - Some people mistakenly confuse a long search with a thorough one, and figure that the lack of a SETI detection indicates that we’re alone in the galaxy. This, however, is nonsense. See article. This article is from 2006.
g Cosmicus - Spaceflight could soon be opened up to hundreds or potentially thousands of researchers rather than just an elite few, said experts at a recent space-research conference. See article.
g Aftermath - Could humanity ever relate to an alien species? Consider the questioning context of these online speculations about why "Star Trek is human centered?" The latter is an interesting question, possibly creating a situation dealing with a prejudice on the behalf of the writers and producers. However, would a series completely dedicated to another species, such as the Romulans, be successful in a television market? Is it possible that the reasons it wouldn’t be might indicate humanity may care little about an alien species other than as a potential threat? See article. This article is from 1999.

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