Friday, July 01, 2011

Life entirely unlike we know it and robot perception

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 - By tracking atmospheric features on Neptune, scientists have determined the planet's rotation. It is the first time that such a feat has been achieved for a gas planet in our solar system other than Jupiter. See article.
g Cosmicus - Scientists are developing an artificial skin for robots that will improve the “perceptions” of robots. The science could have applications in the future of robotic space exploration. See article.
g Imagining - Hundreds of astronomers recently learned that life in outer space is likely to lack green eyes and be far more prosaic, tiny and, quite possibly, completely unlike life as we know it. This blunt appraisal came from the University of Washington's Center for Astrobiology and Early Evolution, one of the first programs in the country to give an advanced degree in astrobiology. See article.

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