Sunday, June 17, 2012

SETI head says look for Dyson spheres and finding new life forms in the Atacama

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Life - A new DNA analysis of soils from the Atacama desert has revealed a handful of new bacteria, fungi and archaea. The organisms discovered have a different way of converting energy than similar organisms found elsewhere in the world. See article.
g Message - Geoff Marcy, the chair for SETI at the University of California at Berkeley, recently told io9 he'd like to start searching the depths of space for Dyson spheres — those massive star-encasing structures that could be built by advanced extraterrestrials. Here's why the best way to find aliens is to search for Dyson spheres in deep space. See article.
g Cosmicus - Traveling to Mars is difficult, but successfully landing on the planet is even harder. NASA is now testing new technologies that could soon help large missions, including human missions, touch down safely on the surface of the red planet. See article.

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