Monday, November 08, 2010

Search for ETI goes global and fungi helped plants colonize land

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Life - A new study shows how Earth's first plants began to colonize the land by forming a partnership with soil fungi. The research is helping scientists better understand mechanisms behind the evolution of life. See article.
g Message - The scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence went global this weekend as observatories in 13 nations on five continents trained their telescopes on several promising star systems. See article.
g Cosmicus - The recent launch of a navigation satellite was the 12th flight of a Long March rocket in 2010, eclipsing the record for most Chinese space missions in a single year. See article.
g Learning - The California Academy of Sciences’ new planetarium show, “Life: A Cosmic Story” is an enormously ambitious undertaking. See article.
g Aftermath - Even if the public seems less than awestruck by the prospect that alien life is a bunch of microscopic bugs, astrobiologists say unequivocal discovery of microbial life beyond Earth will change human society in profound ways, some unfathomable today. See article. This article is from 2001.

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