Monday, April 18, 2011

Photosynthetic microbial mats in Antarctica and ‘The Biology of Star Trek’

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 - A new analysis of the well-known Allende meteorite could change prevailing theories about the nature of some asteroids and the formation of planets like Earth. The results indicate that asteroids with molten cores may be abundant in space, and they even could have given the Earth its oceans See article.
g Life - Photosynthetic microbial mats forming large conical structures up to half a meter tall have been discovered by astrobiologists in Lake Untersee, Antarctica. See article.
g Cosmicus - A new federal spending bill represents a cut to NASA's funding, but a lessening of restrictions on how the agency spends that money for the rest of this year. See article.
g Imagining - Browse the local used bookstores for this volume, which examined the scientific plausibility of many alien creatures in “Star Trek”: “To Seek Out New Life: The Biology of Star Trek.” Published about a decade ago, Athena Andreadis' book makes a good read, boosted by her background as a molecular biologist and neurosurgeon. See review.

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