Friday, September 10, 2010

Looking for oceans on exoworlds and searching for the first virus

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 - Seven years ago Northwestern University physicist Adilson E. Motter conjectured that the expansion of the universe at the time of the Big Bang was highly chaotic. Now he and a colleague have proven it using rigorous mathematical arguments. See article.
g Abodes - The sparkle of starlight off water could be the clincher for finding oceans on extrasolar planets. And it could be observable with the tech that will be deployed in the next generation of space telescopes. See article.
g Life - How long have viruses been around? No one knows. Scientists at Portland State University have begun taking the first steps toward answering this question. See article.
g Intelligence - One of the key drivers of human evolution and diversity, accounting for changes that occur between different generations of people, is explained by new research. See article.
g Message - Here’s a quick, easy to understand primer to SETI’s radio searches and the Fermi Paradox.
g Cosmicus - A big, bug-like rover that could one day carry heavy loads on the moon has stretched its six legs in the Arizona desert during NASA field trials. See article.

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