Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Will first contact prediction come true in 14 years and mice that ‘smell’ light

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 - The Sculptor galaxy is shown in different infrared hues, in a new mosaic from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The main picture is a composite of infrared light captured with all four of the space telescope's infrared detectors. See article.
g Abodes - There are many factors influencing the Earth's greenhouse effect, but a new study indicates that global temperature ultimately depends on atmospheric level of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide may also hold secrets about the climate history of Mars. See article.
g Life - Harvard University neurobiologists have created mice that can "smell" light, providing a potent new tool that could help researchers better understand the neural basis of olfaction. See article.
g Message - we’re just 14 years away from seeing if this comes true: In 2004, SETI scientists predicted, “We'll detect an extraterrestrial transmission within 20 years.” See article.
g Cosmicus - The Intelsat satellite that has remained in switched-on mode while in an uncontrolled drift along an orbital highway, posing broadcast interference threats to other satellites, is now expected to continue to emit signals at least through late November and perhaps until late December, Intelsat officials said. See article.
g Aftermath - Would ET vote? What effect will ET’s political philosophy have on ours once contact is made? See article. This article is from 2002.

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