Monday, July 18, 2011

Relating to an alien species and first space probe orbits asteroid

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 fourth report, Field Research Editor Henry Bortman describes the work of two young researchers, Sergio Valea and Petr Vitek. See article.
g Life - Scientists have discovered the youngest dinosaur fossils yet known from before the catastrophic meteor impact that occurred 65 million years ago. The finding indicates that dinosaurs did not go extinct before the impact, providing further evidence that this event played a role in their extinction. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first probe ever to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt. See article.
g Aftermath - Could humanity ever relate to an alien species? Consider the questioning context of these online speculations about why "Star Trek is human centered?" The latter is an interesting question, possibly creating a situation dealing with a prejudice on the behalf of the writers and producers. However, would a series completely dedicated to another species, such as the Romulans, be successful in a television market? Is it possible that the reasons it wouldn’t be might indicate humanity might care little about an alien species other than as a potential threat? See article.

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