Sunday, December 12, 2010

New images of Beta Peg and Armstrong recalls first moon walk

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Abodes - The NASA-funded Large Binocular Telescope has taken its first images of the star Beta Peg. The telescope is designed to search for regions where Earth-like planets could exist, and its first observation is a promising start. See article.
g Life - We all know that crocodiles are reptiles with long snouts, conical teeth, strong jaws and long tails. But according to researchers at Stony Brook University in New York, we don’t know what we thought we knew. Rather, some crocodiles possessed a dazzling array of adaptations that resulted in unique and sometimes bizarre anatomy, including blunt, pug-nosed snouts, pudgy bodies and short tails. See article.
g Intelligence - Philosophers since ancient times have struggled with the question of whether humans have any free will. With forces such as God or molecular interactions — depending on whom you asked and when — said to ultimately control everything, can humans really make any decisions “independently”? See article.
g Message - Should we modify the Drake Equation to account for civilizations which actually engage in deliberate interstellar transmission? See editorial. This editorial is from 2005.
g Cosmicus - Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong may be notoriously private, but the first man on the moon recently reached out to a reporter to share some new details about his famous moonwalk with fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 1969. See article.

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