Thursday, January 27, 2011

Primer to SETI history and determining pterodactyl gender

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 - The discovery of an ancient fossil, nicknamed “Mrs. T,” has allowed scientists for the first time to sex pterodactyls - flying reptiles that lived alongside dinosaurs between 220-65 million years ago. See article.
g Intelligence - Can't help molding some snow into a ball and hurling it or tossing a stone as far into a lake as you can? New research from shows how humans, unlike any other species on Earth, readily learn to throw long distances. This research also suggests that this unique evolutionary trait is entangled with language development in a way critical to our very existence. See article.
g Message - Want to get a sense of SETI’s history and varying projects? Jodrell Bank Observatory offers an easy to follow yet informative primer.
g Cosmicus - Many people on Earth have taken advantage of NASA-developed fire-resistant textiles – all without ever having to hurtle into the cosmos or plunge back into the planet's atmosphere. The agency's advanced research on thermal barriers and insulation for spacesuits, space shuttles and other vehicles have found earthly applications in firefighting, the military, motor sports and other industries. See article.

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