Tuesday, February 15, 2011

LOFAR could discover ETI and the mosaic of life

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 - New Hubble photos show auroras – flares of ultraviolet light – streaming from the planet Jupiter. See article.
g Life - Since the days of Darwin, the "tree of life" has been the preeminent metaphor for the process of evolution, reflecting the gradual branching and changing of individual species. The discovery that a large cluster of genes appears to have jumped directly from one species of fungus to another, however, significantly strengthens the argument that a different metaphor, such as a mosaic, may be more appropriate. See article.
g Intelligence - Most of us have done it, and will do it many more times in our lifetimes: It’s kissing. Sheril Kirshenbaum, a research scientist at the University of Texas, decided to take the kiss and put it under a microscope, in a way. She wanted to take the universal act and examine it from various scientific angles. The result of her research is her new book, “The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling”. See article.
g Message - In the opinion of astronomers, the massive new LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) telescope, which is partly run by the University of Kent, could facilitate the discovery of alien life. See article.
g Cosmicus - Quote of the Day: "I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." - Thomas Jefferson

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