Monday, December 20, 2010

Aliens inhabiting diamond-encrusted words and testing spacesuits for Mars

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 - Some of the most gigantic explosions in space are curiously hard to see. That's because space dust is blocking the view from Earth, suggests the largest study of these blasts, so-called dark gamma-ray bursts. See article.
g Abodes - New forms of life may inhabit the exotic worlds encrusted with diamonds. See article.
g Life - On Dec. 2, NASA held a press conference to announce the discovery of a bacterium that has a novel biochemistry. The research made headlines around the world and sparked a great deal of scientific debate. See article.
g Intelligence - A small area deep in the brain called the perirhinal cortex is critical for forming unconscious conceptual memories, researchers have found. See article.
g Message - Among the most important SETI work is being done at Harvard University.
g Cosmicus - The Mars spacesuit designed by UND is going to Antarctica for testing because Antarctica is a lot like Mars. But first, they’re testing it at UND because North Dakota is a lot like Antarctica at this time of year. See article.

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