Sunday, August 19, 2012

How magnesium plays an important role in formation of low mass planets

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 - A new theory suggests that metals like magnesium may play an important role in the formation of low mass planets. The research could aid in the search for rocky, habitable worlds around distant stars. See article.
g Intelligence - Researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Beaumont Hospital have conducted a study which has found striking brain similarities in bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The research has also pinpointed for the first time that a process which controls how information is transmitted from neuron to neuron in the brain is altered in both conditions and may potentially contribute to the developments of improved treatments in the future. See article.
g Cosmicus - The Curiosity rover has returned the first images from its the remote micro imager on the ChemCam instrument. Now, scientists have selected the first target for ChemCam's rock-zapping laser will be fired in the near future. See article.

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