Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Evidence for a once habitable Mars and insights into a thinking brain

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 - Scientists have uncovered more evidence that early Mars was once saturated with water and had a thicker atmosphere. The findings bolster theories that Mars was once habitable for life as we know it. See article.
g Intelligence - Gaining access to the inner workings of a neuron in the living brain offers a wealth of useful information: its patterns of electrical activity, its shape, even a profile of which genes are turned on at a given moment. However, achieving this entry is such a painstaking task that it is considered an art form; it is so difficult to learn that only a small number of labs in the world practice it. See article.
g Cosmicus - Astronomers are pointing the Hubble Space Telescope at the Moon's Tycho crater in preparation for the transit of Venus across the Sun's surface on June 5-6. See article.

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