Saturday, December 11, 2010

New material could aid search for exoworlds and how societies evolve

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 - A new blacker-than pitch material could help scientists gather hard-to-obtain scientific measurements or observe unseen astronomical objects like Earth-sized planets orbiting distant stars. The technological advancement could thereby aid astrobiologists in the search for habitable, extrasolar worlds. See article.
g Intelligence - Societies evolve somewhat similarly to the way living creatures do, in that increases in complexity tend to be gradual, according to new research published in the journal Nature. See article.
g Message - Want to help SETI discover alien life? If you haven’t already done so, download the free SETI at Home software. Using Internet-connected computers, the program downloads and analyzes radio telescope data on your desktop when it is idle. The program has been so successful in plowing through data that other scientific researchers, especially in medicine, are adopting it to their fields. See program.
g Cosmicus - For decades, the U.S. Department of Defense has operated classified spacecraft loaded with high-tech gear to carry out a range of reconnaissance duties. But the satellites have also spotted the high-altitude explosions of natural fireballs that routinely dive into the Earth's atmosphere, and talks are under way to offer scientists access to that data. See article.

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