Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dwarf planet covered in water ice and aiming radio telescope at Kepler’s found planets

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 - How does the G-type star Gliese 314 A compare to our own sun? See article.
g Abodes - A new study shows that the dwarf planet Haumea and one of its satellites are covered in water-ice due to tidal forces between them and the heat of radiogenic elements. See article.
g Life - A new study is helping scientists understand how certain yeasts developed their ability to ferment sugar. This process of ethanol production is a key step in making products like wine. The work is providing new information about the mechanisms that link evolution and environment. See article.
g Message - So far, NASA's Kepler space telescope has identified 1,235 possible extrasolar planets. Now, astronomers are aiming a radio telescope at the most Earth-like ones to see if they can detect advanced civilizations that might call these planets home. See article.
g Cosmicus - r the first time, scientists have demonstrated a version of the Doppler effect at an extremely small level - the rotation of an individual molecule. Rotational Doppler effect is used to determine the rotational velocity of planets and could now help study the properties of molecules. See article.

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