Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dubious alien signal from Gliese 581g and Europa’s potential for life

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 research could revamp current thinking about the chemistry and geology of Jupiter's moon, Europa. The study could have implications in understanding the potential for life in the frigid moon's presumed subsurface ocean. See article.
g Life - Despite its primitive structure, the North American comb jellyfish can sneak up on its prey like a high-tech stealth submarine, making it a successful predator. Researchers, including one from the University of Gothenburg, have now been able to show how the jellyfish makes itself hydrodynamically 'invisible'. See article.
g Message - The recent discovery of Gliese 581g, an alien planet in the habitable zone of another star, has been an exciting development for scientists probing the galaxy for signs of extraterrestrial life. At least one claim of a possible signal from the planet has already surfaced – and been met with harsh skepticism among the science community. See article.
g Cosmicus - The European Space Agency (ESA) will be seeking the approval of is member states late this year to extend its participation in the international space station to 2020, a decision that will bind participating nations to preset budget contributions an d could pave the way for a new spacecraft capable of returning cargo and experiments to Earth, ESA officials have announced. See article.
g Imagining - Like first contact stories? Then be sure to read Murray Leinster’s novel “The Greks Bring Gifts,” published by MacFadden in 1964. See article.

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