Sunday, December 19, 2010

Using our sun to message ETI and amino acids found in meteorite

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 - Astronomers have mapped a rare type of molecule in cosmic clouds that could reveal secrets about how stars form. See article.
g Abodes - Astronomers have discovered a fourth giant planet around a distant star, further strengthening the resemblances between this planetary system and our own. The study provides new information about the nature and abundance of solar systems and could aid in the search for habitable, Earth-like worlds. See article.
g Life - NASA-funded scientists have discovered amino acids, a fundamental building block of life, in a meteorite where none were expected. See article.
g Intelligence - A mother's voice will preferentially activate the parts of the brain responsible for language learning, say researchers who made the discovery after performing electrical recordings on the infants within the 24 hours following their birth. See article.
g Message - Our own sun might represent the best communications device around, if only we could harness its power, scientists say. See article.

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