Friday, October 22, 2010

Speculating on ET by looking at Earth’s past and traveling to other worlds for astrobiological research

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 - Astronomers using the South Pole Telescope report that they have discovered the most massive galaxy cluster yet seen at a distance of seven billion light-years. See article.
g Abodes - Does the Earth's history provides us with examples of conditions that might be encountered on other planets? See article. This article is from 2002.
g Life - Scientists investigating in one of the world's deepest ocean trenches - previously thought to be void of fish - have discovered an entirely new species. See article.
g Message - What sort of signal would satisfactorily announce an extraterrestrial intelligence as detected by radio-emission or light reception? Here’s an opinion article on what sort of signal is a SETI hit.
g Cosmicus - By the beginning of the next century scientists will be planning on how to travel to other worlds to see alien life forms up close. This will at last provide incontrovertible evidence for astrobiology on a muticellular level. See article
g Aftermath - Book alert: For some provocative reading, pick up “Sharing the Universe”, by Seth Shostak, at your local bookstore. SETI scientist Shostak almost single-handedly is outlining social and political issues that will arise once we make contact with extraterrestrials.

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