Friday, April 06, 2012

How comets may have affected origin of life on Earth and coral reefs with herpes

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 - By using a spacecraft to time the transits of the planet Mercury across the face of the Sun, scientists have measured the diameter of our star with unprecedented accuracy. See article.
g Abodes - Dust grains from Comet Wild 2 are helping scientists reappraise the traditional picture of comets. Understanding the composition of comets can help astrobiologists determine their potential role in the origins of life on Earth. See article.
g Life - New research shows that viral diseases may play a role in the decline of corals in Earth's oceans. See article.

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