Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Stars capturing rogue planets and sharing information during 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 Stars - New research suggests that billions of stars in our galaxy have captured rogue planets that once roamed interstellar space. See article.
g Life - Just as banks store away only the most valuable possessions in the most secure safes, cells prioritise which genes they guard most closely, researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute have found. The study, just published online in Nature, shows that bacteria have evolved a mechanism that protects important genes from random mutation, effectively reducing the risk of self-destruction. The findings answer a question that has been under debate for half a century and provide insights into how disease-causing mutations arise and pathogens evolve. See article.
g Cosmicus - New technologies could help scientists share information through space - providing better capabilities for future exploration missions. See article.

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