Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Catalyzing the synthesis of life's building blocks and influence of an alien visit on religion

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars - A photograph of a weird cosmic spiral in deep space taken by the Hubble Space Telescope is no trick of light – it's astrophysics in action, scientists say. See article.
g Abodes - Scientists have proposed a new potential catalyst for jump-starting metabolism, and life itself, on the early Earth. Transition metals like iron, copper and nickel along with small organic molecules could have catalyzed the synthesis of life's building blocks deep in the oceans around hydrothermal vents. See article.
g Life - What if there were a way to predict when a species was about to become extinct - in time to do something about it? See article.
g Intelligence - Scientists have discovered that viruses that "invaded" the human genome millions of years ago have changed the way genes get turned on and off in human embryonic stem cells. See article.
g Cosmicus - Humans must continue exploring space, if only for the romance of it, and time travel should be possible, but engineers will have to figure out a way to warp space-time to be sure, famed physicist Stephen Hawking says. See article.
g Aftermath - What would the influence of an alien visit would be on the world’s religions? Here’s an answer from members of the International Society for Philosophers: See article.

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