Friday, December 16, 2011

Microbes that can live in Mars-like conditions and what bees tell us about how our brains work

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 - Researchers are moving a step closer to solving one of the greatest murder mysteries of all time. It happened roughly 200 million years ago, marking the boundary between the Triassic and Jurassic periods, and the crime scene was the entire planet. In their quest to solve this ancient mystery, a team of scientists has been combing the coast of Northern Ireland for evidence. See article.
g Life - Researchers have discovered microbes that thrive in an environment that is, in some ways, "Mars-like." The microorganisms were found within a lava tube, and tolerate temperatures near freezing, low levels of oxygen, and absence of organic food. See article.
g Intelligence - A new study on swarms of bees could teach us about how our brains work. See article.
g Message - The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is once again searching for signals of extraterrestrial intelligence. New targets for ATA will include exoplanet candidates discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope. See article.
g Cosmicus - A new harpoon may help NASA grab samples from a speeding comet. See article.
g Aftermath - For some provocative reading, pick up “Sharing the Universe” by Seth Shostak. SETI scientist Shostak almost single-handedly is outlining social and political issues that will arise once we make contact with extraterrestrials.

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