Saturday, February 12, 2011

What discovery of potential habitable planets means and Mars500 mission ‘lands’

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 - The discovery of a trove of potential alien planets, including dozens that could be Earth-size or habitable, is heartening news for those hoping to discover E.T. one day. See article.
g Life - Daphnia pulex is receiving an enormous pat on the back from the scientific community: It is the first crustacean to have its complete genome sequenced. See article.
g Intelligence - Think you're overloaded with information? Not even close. Now a new study calculates the world's total technological capacity - how much information humankind is able to store, communicate and compute. See article.
g Message - Several big hunts are seeking radio and laser emissions from other civilizations. From Project Phoenix to SETI@home, here's a complete rundown of all the searches now under way or recently conducted. See article.
g Cosmicus - The Mars500 mission has reached its halfway point, with volunteer "astronauts" making a simulated landing on Mars today. The project should help scientists and mission planners better understand — and perhaps mitigate — the psychological and physiological stresses a long space journey would impose on crewmembers, researchers said. See article.

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