Monday, November 01, 2010

Complex organic molecules at solar system’s edge and buckyballs everywhere

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 have discovered bucket loads of buckyballs in space. They used NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to find the little carbon spheres throughout our Milky Way galaxy - in the space between stars and around three dying stars. What's more, Spitzer detected buckyballs around a fourth dying star in a nearby galaxy in staggering quantities - the equivalent in mass to about 15 of our moons. See article.
g Abodes - New research could link the 'Snowball Earth' glacial events some 750 to 580 million years ago to the rise of early animals. The research team tracked phosphorus concentrations in the oceans through history. Phosphorus is linked to the abundance of life in the oceans, and concentrations appear to have spiked at a time corresponding to the Snowball Earth event. See article.
g Life - The reddish hue of many objects in our solar system's frigid outer reaches may be evidence of complex organic molecules, perhaps even the building blocks of life, new research suggests. See article.
g Message - Phoning home intergalactically may have one natural prerequisite if a civilization is hoping to connect: timing their precursor signal or 'ring' so that we might know that they're broadcasting. Dr. Robin Corbet, of the Universities' Space Research Association discusses his research findings on Synchronized SETI. See article. This article is from 2002.
g Cosmicus - A new space race is on among commercial companies hoping to snag a lucrative contract to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station. See article.

Read this blogger’s books

Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future

No comments: