Friday, March 04, 2011

New bacterium found in cave and looking for ET’s breath

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 - The star-forming regions of a nearby spiral galaxy glow bright pink in a spectacular new image from a telescope atop a Chilean peak. And the galaxy's actually slightly closer than astronomers once thought, researchers say. See article.
g Abodes - The Pan-STARRS PS1 telescope has discovered 19 near-Earth asteroids in one night. Cataloging near-Earth asteroids is important in determining the potential for future impact events on Earth. See article.
g Life - A team of scientists and divers of the Dominican Republic Speleogy Society found a bacterium, until now “unknown,” in the depths of a cave in the country’s eastern region, reports. See article.
g Intelligence - Evidence for a diversified sea-based economy among North American inhabitants dating from 12,200 to 11,400 years ago is emerging from three sites on California's Channel Islands. See article.
g Message - If ET is out there, whether in the form of intelligent beings or much simpler organisms, we may soon be hot on its trail. For the first time in history, the dream of searching for signs of life in other solar systems belongs not only on the philosopher's wish list, but on the list of doable and planned human endeavors. See article. This article is from 2002.
g Cosmicus - The same stuff that once protected astronauts as they hopped about the surface of the moon has become an architectural staple, topping stadiums, airports and other structures from Atlanta to Saudi Arabia. See article.

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Jim @ woodworking book said...

It is very exciting to know that we are on the verge of discovering alien life. I just hope we can find it in my lifetime...possibly on Europa or Mars. Obviously these would most likely be primitive life forms, but exciting nonetheless!

Rob Bignell said...

Definitely exciting ... it would be proof of a second genesis and so another shift away from our thinking of humanity/Earth as central in the universe. The affects this would have on our worldview would be dramatic. Thanks for reading, Jim.