Monday, May 28, 2012

Runaway greenhouse effect on Mars and the Jamesburg Earth Station

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 - Cosmic impacts on Mars might have sent temperatures skyrocketing upward on the Red Planet in ancient times, enough to trigger a runaway greenhouse effect. See article.
g Cosmicus - The Jamesburg Earth Station is a massive satellite receiver in a remote valley in California. It played a central role in satellite communications for three decades, but had been forgotten until the current owner put it up for sale, promoting it as a great place to spend the apocalypse. It stands feet from a trailer park and down the road from a Buddhist retreat. This is the story of one of the old, weird ties between Earth and space. See article.
g Learning - A private philanthropist will shortly announce the winner(s) of his Origin of Life $50K Challenge. The prize is awarded to the "best proposal detailing 'first life.'" See article.

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