Monday, April 16, 2012

How long until we identify Goldilocks planet and atmospheres of dying stars

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 - Astronomers at The University of Manchester believe they have found the answer to the mystery of a powerful 'superwind' which causes the death of stars. See article.
g Abodes - Kepler has revealed an astounding variety of planets around distant stars. How long will it be before we identify a Goldilocks planet - a truly Earth-like world orbiting its star at the right distance for liquid water and life. See article.
g Life - Dating back 280 million years or so, the oldest known fossil reptile embryos have been unearthed in Uruguay and Brazil. They belong to the ancient aquatic reptiles, mesosaurs. The study of these exceptionally well-preserved fossils suggests that mesosaurs were either viviparous[1] (pushing back this mode of reproduction by 60 million years) or that they laid eggs in advanced stages of development. See article.

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