Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rare tellurium discovered in ancient stars and integrating microbiology into climate models

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 - a team of researchers from institutions including MIT has detected the element tellurium for the first time in three ancient stars. The researchers found traces of this brittle, semiconducting element -- which is very rare on Earth -- in stars that are nearly 12 billion years old. The finding supports the theory that tellurium, along with even heavier elements in the periodic table, likely originated from a very rare type of supernova during a rapid process of nuclear fusion. See article.
g Abodes - Researchers have developed a plan for integrating microbiology into the climate models that astrobiologists use to understand Earth's climate and habitability. See article.
g Life - Scientists have developed new models that help explain the astonishing durability of the biologically-produced material known as mother of pearl. See article.
g Cosmicus - The technology behind Google is now being adapted to analyze the way molecules are shaped and organized. See article.

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