Friday, May 06, 2011

How much SETI really costs and space-time vortex around Earth proven

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 - On Nov. 8, 2011, the asteroid 2005 YU55 will be making a relatively close flyby of Earth. There is no threat of a collision between the asteroid and our planet, but its approach will provide scientists with a close-up view of a 400-meter-wide space rock. See article.
g Life - The cactus is teaching scientists about the evolution of plant communities all over the world. See article.
g Message - SETI, the international organization which handles the search for electromagnetic transmissions from civilizations on distant planets, will shut down soon due to lack of funding. Sure, more pragmatic objectives have to be taken into consideration when budgeting, but heck a measly $2.5 million? If you’re not really sure what $2.5 million really means for SETI, then here’s a really well put together infographic by microcosmologist, which puts into perspective the sum across other sectors of the U.S. budget and other corporations. See article.
g Cosmicus - Results of the NASA's Gravity Probe B indicate that there is a space-time vortex around Earth and that its shape precisely matches the predictions of Einstein's theory of gravity. See article.
g Learning - Two summer graduate courses from Montana State University will help teachers learn about the organisms and ecology of Yellowstone National Park's extreme environments, including the Park's connection to current research in astrobiology. See article.
g Aftermath - Within the scientific community, the question is no longer whether extraterrestrial life exists, but if ET is smart enough to do long division — and the United States and other world governments already have detailed secret plans for first contact. My apologies in advanced for Popular Mechanic’s lurid title, but the reporting is sound. See article. This article is from 2004.

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