Saturday, November 13, 2010

Finding the 500th exoplanet and SETI radio search primer

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 - Scientists may have a new tool to help them work out what sort of environment the solar system's been experiencing during its journey through our galaxy, the Milky Way. See article.
g Abodes - The number of planets that astronomers have discovered orbiting distant stars hovers right below 500. But confirming which remote flicker of light is the milestone alien world will be a tricky affair. See article.
g Life - Evidence found in ancient rocks that once lay on a Scottish lake floor show the Earth's atmosphere was able to sustain complex life 1.2 billion years ago - 400 million years earlier than previously accepted. See article.
g Intelligence - The brains of Neanderthals and humans were similar at birth but developed differently in the first year of life, according to a German study. See article.
g Message - Here’s a quick, easy primer to understand to SETI’s radio searches and the Fermi Paradox.
g Cosmicus - In a step toward solving the global energy crisis, a new plan aims to harvest the sun's energy from space with satellites then beam it down to Earth. See article.

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