Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Strange craft in the California skies and radio signals from ETI

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 - Researchers have discovered the existence of a black hole 5.4 times greater in mass than that of our Sun, located in the X-ray binary system XTE J1859+226. The observations carried out from the Gran Telescopio Canarias obtained the first spectroscopic data from this binary system to be published. See article.
g Abodes - Saturn is sending astronomers mixed signals — radio signals, that is. See article.
g Life - By studying intramolecular communication within an enzyme, scientists have uncovered a partial glimpse of how the genetic coding of life may have emerged. The research could help astrobiologists understand a key step in life's origins on our planet. See article.
g Intelligence - There are billions of neurons in the brain and at any given time tens of thousands of these neurons might be trying to send signals to one another. Much like a person trying to be heard by his friend across a crowded room, neurons must figure out the best way to get their message heard above the din. See article.
g Message - Since the invention of the radio, humans have been broadcasting signals into outer space. Other civilizations in our galaxy might be doing the same. They might even be deliberately sending out signals to find other civilizations. Someone out there may even be beaming a signal directly at the Earth. See article.
g Cosmicus - Seen a flying saucer lately around Mojave, Calif.? It’s ours. See article.

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