Saturday, March 05, 2011

‘The Great Debate: What is Life?’ and mock Mars explorers heading ‘home’

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 - Astrobiology Magazine's climate blog, The Hot Zone, is focusing on the local effects of climate change in different places in the world. Changing climate trends are resulting in less snow in California's Sierra Nevada mountains and more heavy rain for the state of Queensland in Australia. See article.
g Life - Renowned scientists in fields ranging from astrobiology to genetics disputed the origin of life on Earth as we know it and the definition of life itself during a panel discussion titled “The Great Debate: What is Life?” at Arizona State University on Feb. 12. See article.
g Intelligence - Our earliest ancestors preferred to settle in locations that have something in common with cities such as San Francisco, Naples and Istanbul - they are often on active tectonic faults in areas that have an earthquake risk or volcanoes, or both. See article.
g Message - Here’s a quick, easy to understand primer to SETI’s radio searches and the Fermi Paradox.
g Cosmicus - A crew of mock Mars explorers has wrapped up the exploration of a simulated Red Planet and is now set to "fly" back home to Earth – and back to reality. See article.

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