Friday, October 01, 2010

To find ETI, focus on his AI and superearth in star’s habitable zone

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 - A team of scientists has announced the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it in the middle of the star’s “habitable zone.” This is the first Earth-like planet found in another solar system that could have the conditions necessary for life as we know it. See article
g Message - In his upcoming paper "What E.T. will look like and why should we care?" for the November-December issue of Acta Astronautica, Seth Shostak argues that SETI might be more successful if it shifts the search away from biology and focuses squarely on artificial intelligence. See article.
g Cosmicus - Scientists have determined that ESA's Rosetta mission needs to deliver its lander to a site in the southern hemisphere of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. A site in this region will be the safest and most scientifically interesting according to the recent study. See article.
g Learning - As a society, we're increasingly ignorant about science, and if that continues, it's going to cost us. See article. This article is from 2005.

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