Monday, March 12, 2012

Life right after Big Bang and Jodrell Bank SETI observations

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 - The last transit of Venus this century will occur June 5-6. The event will provide astrobiologists with the opportunity to view Venus as an example of a transiting exoplanet. See article.
g Life - Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, working in collaboration with Rudolph Schild (Harvard University) and Carl Gibson (UCSD) recently published a theory that argues for the first microbial life in the Universe originating in the watery interiors of primordial planets numbering about 1080 (1 followed by 80 zeros), just a few million years after the Big Bang. See article.
g Intelligence - Chimpanzees are interested in social cohesion and have various strategies to guarantee the stability of their group. Anthropologists now reveal that chimpanzees mediate conflicts between other group members, not for their own direct benefit, but rather to preserve the peace within the group. Their impartial intervention in a conflict - so-called "policing" - can be regarded as an early evolutionary form of moral behavior. See article.
g Message - A while back, the BBC interviewed Ian Morison, coordinator of the Jodrell Bank SETI observations — whose job is to search for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligent life. See article.

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