Monday, May 14, 2012

Exoplanet discovered around Sun-like star and how environment affects star formation

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 - Using state of the art computer simulations, a team of astronomers from the University of Bonn in Germany have found the first evidence that the way in which stars form depends on their birth environment. See article.
g Abodes - By identifying small deviations in the motion of a transiting exoplanet, researchers have identified a unseen companion planet around the Sun-like star, KOI-872. It is the first time this technique has been successfully used in the search for worlds outside our solar system. See article.
g Life - A new study is helping scientists understand how chirality, or “handedness,” occurs in the majority of proteins and functional molecules in living organisms on Earth. See article.

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