Sunday, January 15, 2012

Life form breaks down cellulose near boiling point and how many technically advanced civilizations exist in our galaxy

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 - Scientists have discovered a microbe living in the extreme environment of a Nevada hot spring that is able to break down cellulose at temperatures near the boiling point of water. See article.
g Message - How many technically advanced civilizations exist in our galaxy? With this essay by Steven Soter, Scientist-in-Residence in the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University, Astrobiology Magazine initiates the first in a series of "Gedanken" or thought, experiments - musings by noted scientists on scientific mysteries in a series of "what if" scenarios. See article.
g Cosmicus - A second ARTEMIS satellite is set to enter orbit around the Moon this weekend. ARTEMIS will acquire a full 3-D view of the Moon's magnetic field and surface. See article.

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