Friday, February 10, 2012

Mars arid for 600 million years and can pulsars be older then the universe?

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 - Pulsars are among the most exotic celestial bodies known. They have diameters of about 20 kilometers, but at the same time roughly the mass of our sun. A sugar-cube sized piece of its ultra-compact matter on Earth would weigh hundreds of millions of tons. A sub-class of them, known as millisecond pulsars, spin up to several hundred times per second around their own axes. Previous studies reached the paradoxical conclusion that some millisecond pulsars are older than the universe itself. See article.
g Abodes - Mars may have been arid for more than 600 million years, making it too hostile for any life to survive on the planet's surface, according to researchers who have been carrying out the painstaking task of analyzing individual particles of Martian soil. See article.
g Message - What are our friends south of the equator doing in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence? After all, the Northern Hemisphere only covers half of the galaxy. See website.
g Cosmicus - Few scientists are betting against Einstein yet, but the phantom neutrinos of Opera are still eluding explanation. See article.
g Learning - Elementary students viewed a star-studded night sky during class. Older students sent rockets soaring across classrooms. A NASA astronaut and a Lockheed-Martin space operations engineer shared their stories. It was all part of the second annual Space Day at a Colorado school. Kindergartners through high school seniors at the school participated in a mix of activities tied to science. See article.

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