Saturday, February 04, 2012

Underwater caves offer up secrets about alien life and how solar system may help space exploration

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Abodes - Discoveries in underwater caves could help scientists understand how life arose in ancient oceans on Earth - and possibly how similar life could survive on other worlds. See article.
g Life - For decades, chemists considered a chemical pathway known as the formose reaction the only route for producing sugars essential for life to begin, but more recent research has called into question the plausibility of such thinking. Now a group from The Scripps Research Institute has proven an alternative pathway to those sugars called the glyoxylate scenario, which may push the field of pre-life chemistry past the formose reaction hurdle. See article.
g Cosmicus - The Radiation Assessment Detector on the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft measured radiation from a recent solar storm, providing valuable information for future human space exploration. See article.

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