Monday, February 21, 2011

New deep sea vents discovered and looking locally for ETI technologies

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 - Using the super-sharp radio "vision" of astronomy's most precise telescope, scientists have extended a directly-measured "yardstick" three times farther into the cosmos than ever before, an achievement with important implications for numerous areas of astrophysics, including determining the nature of Dark Energy, which constitutes 70 percent of the universe. The continent-wide Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) also is redrawing the map of our home galaxy and is poised to yield tantalizing new information about extrasolar planets, among many other cutting-edge research projects. See article.
g Abodes - Scientists aboard the Royal Research Ship “James Cook” have discovered a new set of deep-sea volcanic vents in the chilly waters of the southern ocean. The discovery is the fourth made by the research team in three years, which suggests that deep-sea vents may be more common in our oceans than previously thought. See article.
g Life - Research published in the latest issue of the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology illustrates a complex series of changes that occur in grizzly bears' hearts as they hibernate. The changes guard against complications that could arise from greatly reduced activity. See article.
g Message - Humanity might want to consider searching for extraterrestrial technologies within our solar system. See article. This article is from 2002.
g Cosmicus - Apollo 14 not only brought astronauts to the moon, but also a collection of seeds. Astrobiologists were not sure if the seeds would germinate after orbiting the Moon 34 times, but they did. “Moon trees” have been planted across the U.S. and one researcher is now trying to locate them all. See article.

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