Sunday, August 26, 2012

Phosphorus biochemistry

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 - Book alert: Among all known agents of cosmic creative destruction, none are more potently menacing – and intriguing – than black holes, the subject of Caleb Scharf’s new book “Gravity’s Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life In The Cosmos.” See article.
g Life - Phosphorus is vital to life on Earth, even though our planet doesn't provide life very much phosphorus to work with. Scientists are now studying how phosphorus biochemistry may have originated at the dawn of life. See article.
g Cosmicus - Scientists are now conducting a simulated mission to a near-Earth asteroid at the Johnson Space Center in Texas. See article.

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