Friday, December 09, 2011

Minerals deposited by water on Mars and why being smarter doesn’t pay off

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars - What is the potential habitability of Wolf 359, the third closest star system to Earth? See article.
g Abodes - NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found bright veins of a mineral, apparently gypsum, deposited by water. The discovery could have implications in understanding the potential for life in Mars' past. See article.
g Intelligence - A new study indicates that, due to evolutionary tradeoffs, being smarter may not be better for human beings. See article.
g Cosmicus - Most people don't take it literally when they're told to shoot for the moon — but thinking small isn't Naveen Jain's way. The 52-year-old Internet entrepreneur is a co-founder of Moon Express Inc., one of several companies in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, in which privately funded teams will try to put robots on the moon by 2016. See article.

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