Saturday, February 18, 2012

How worlds become dry and ExoMars missions in jeopardy

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 - Astronomers have discovered islands of cold gas and a mysterious haze of microwaves in our galaxy. The results include the first map of carbon monoxide to cover the entire sky. See article.
g Abodes - Alien planets might experience tidal forces powerful enough to remove all their water, leaving behind hot, dry worlds like Venus. See article.
g Life - Scientists have developed a "biological computer" made entirely from biomolecules that is capable of deciphering images encrypted on DNA chips. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA announced Monday a $17.7 billion budget request for fiscal year 2013. The budget does not enable NASA to move forward with the planned 2016 and 2018 ExoMars missions in collaboration with the European Space Agency. See article.

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