Sunday, November 21, 2010

No tracking aliens in Denver and biological activity in the deepest layer of ocean crust

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 - In the local group of galaxies that also includes the Andromeda Nebula and our Milky Way, there are about 100 billion stars. According to astronomers' calculations, there should be many more. Now, physicists from the University of Bonn and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland may have found an explanation for this discrepancy. See article.
g Abodes - A comet visited by a NASA spacecraft this month is spewing jets of vaporized dry ice into space, scientists have found. See article.
g Life - The first study to ever explore biological activity in the deepest layer of ocean crust has found bacteria with a remarkable range of capabilities, including eating hydrocarbons and natural gas, and "fixing" or storing carbon. See article.
g Message - Denver Voters have turned down a proposal to set up a commission to track UFOs. article
g Cosmicus - A part of NASA's Astrobiology Small Payloads Program, the loaf-of-bread-sized O/OREOS, or Organism/Organic Exposure to Orbital Stresses nanosatellite will see how microorganisms will react to the space environment. The nanosatellite was launched on a U.S. Air Force four-stage Minotaur IV rocket out of Kodiak Island, Alaska. See article.

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