Thursday, April 05, 2012

Thousand-year drought on Titan and how our ancient oceans led to life

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 - A new study shows how the solar storms of March 8th through 10th dumped enough energy in Earth's upper atmosphere to power every residence in New York City for two years. Studying how the Sun affects the Earth is important in understanding our planet's habitability. See article.
g Abodes - Data from NASA's Cassini mission indicates that parts of Titan may not see rain for more than 1,000 years. Understanding the cycling of liquids on Titan could help astrobiologists understand life's potential on the unique moon. See article.
g Life - By studying carbon-rich rocks, researchers are gaining new information about how changes in the atmosphere and oceans of the ancient Earth helped stage the emergence of animal life. See article.

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