Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Fungi figured out how to fly and how to become an astrobiologist

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 - In mid-October, an asteroid will pass within four million miles of Earth. The object is 150 feet in diameter and was detected when it was 20 million miles away. The discovery is a step forward in our ability to monitor the sky for objects that could strike the Earth with enough force to damage the climate and biosphere of our planet. See article.
g Life - Long before geese started flying in chevron formation or cyclists learned the value of drafting, fungi discovered an aerodynamic way to reduce drag on their spores so as to spread them as high and as far as possible. See article.
g Cosmicus - The seemingly barren moon may actually be a treasure-trove of priceless resources: a potentially bountiful, mineral-rich – yet untapped – cosmic quarry. Still, few see the moon as an alluring mining site, ripe for the picking of rare elements of strategic and national security importance. See article.
g Learning - What is an astrobiologist, and can you become one? See article.

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