Wednesday, May 11, 2011

One of the earliest minerals formed in solar system discovered and calculating the Hoyle state

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 - After decades without success, scientists have now calculated the Hoyle state. The Hoyle state is an energy-rich form of the carbon nucleus and is the key to understanding the fusion reaction that leads from helium gas to carbon. Without this type of carbon nucleus, life might not exist. See article.
g Abodes - Scientists have discovered a new mineral, krotite, which is one of the earliest minerals formed in our solar system. The finding could help astrobiologists understand how the Solar System formed and evolved, leading to conditions for a habitable Earth. See article.
g Cosmicus - India is moving towards formally joining a me¬ga global initiative aimed at co¬nstructing the world’s lar¬ge¬st and most sensitive radio telescope that will help expl¬ore unknown territories in science. See article.

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