Monday, October 18, 2010

‘The Eerie Science’ and images of an exoworld

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 giant star in a faraway galaxy has ended its life with a dust-shrouded whimper instead of the more typical bang, scientists say. See article.
g Abodes - Astronomers have obtained images of a planet with a much closer orbit around its parent star than any other known extrasolar planet. The planet was discovered using new technology that will help astronomers observe distant solar systems by reducing the risk of disturbances that can vibrate telescopes during observations. See article.
g Life - By examining the type of rock in which dinosaur fossils were embedded, an often unappreciated part of the remains, scientists have determined that different species of North American dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous period 65 million years ago occupied different environments separated by just a few miles. See article.
g Intelligence - It could happen to students cramming for exams, people working long hours or just about anyone burning the candle at both ends: Something tells you to take a break. Watch some TV. Have a candy bar. Goof off, tune out for a bit and come back to the task at hand when you're feeling better. After all, you're physically exhausted. But a new study from Stanford psychologists suggests the urge to refresh (or just procrastinate) is - well - all in your head. See article.
g Message - Book alert: “The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone In The Universe?” by Paul Davies takes a look at the approaches being taken by researchers in myriad fields such as physics, astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology to look for alien life. See article.
g Cosmicus - China's second lunar spacecraft reached the moon this week, but another Asian country has moon plans of its own: India. See article.
g Learning - Here’s a good Web site that gives an general overview of astrobiology for kids: Astrocentral.

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