Friday, August 12, 2011

State of SETI science and a plausible route to the building blocks of life

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation.Here's today's news:
g Life - A new study shows how a relatively simple combination of naturally occurring sugars and amino acids offers a plausible route to the building blocks of life. See article.
g Message - Mitch Waldrop, feature editor for Nature Magazine, has written a thoughtful piece on the state of SETI science in the wake of the shutdown of the Allen Telescope Array. The article presents a variety of opinions, including quotes from a few people here at Berkeley. See article.
g Cosmicus - After a journey of almost three years, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached Endeavour crater. Here the rover will study rocks that could shed new light on the history of the Martian climate and the potential for past life on Mars. See article.

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