Sunday, July 15, 2012

No luck for arsenic substitute and fifth moon found orbiting Pluto

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 - A team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. See article.
g Life - Two new reports show that the bacterium known as GFAJ-1 requires small amounts of phosphate to grow, and that it cannot substitute arsenic for phosphorus to survive, as one previous report had suggested. See article.
g Cosmicus - On August 5, NASA will be unleashing a pyrotechnic display in the skies of Mars. The Curiosity rover, carried by the Mars Science Laboratory, will streak through the atmosphere of the red planet on it's way to a landing in Gale Crater. See article.

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