Monday, July 04, 2011

Martian analog in Atacama Desert and the Artifact Hypothesis

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 - The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the driest place in the world, and an environment that resembles Mars in the ancient past. In this second in a series of reports, Field Research Editor Henry Bortman recounts a day of activities at Salar de Navidad. See article.
g Message - The Artifact Hypothesis states that a technologically advanced extraterrestrial civilization has undertaken a long-term program of galactic exploration via transmission of material artifacts. Four general classes of unconcealed observable artifacts are potentially available to test this Hypothesis: Astroengineering activities, self-replicating artifacts, passive artifacts, and active probes. Of these, only active self-repairing probes are likely both to exist and to be observable from within the Solar System. See article.
g Cosmicus - Wine may hold a key ingredient to help astronauts cope with the negative effects of spaceflight. See article.

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