Thursday, August 30, 2012

Planets found in habitable zone of binary star system

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 - Astronomers have observed multiple planets orbiting two suns. The discovery shows that planets can form and persist in the stressful realm of a binary star. One gas giant planet in the system orbits the star pair within the system's potential habitable zone. See article.
g Intelligence - Researchers have revealed that chimpanzees are not only capable of learning from one another, but also use this social information to form and maintain local traditions. See article.
g Cosmicus - Curiosity’s first successful drive across the martian landscape is cause for celebration. Astrobiology Magazine Field Research Editor Henry Bortman thinks it is also a good moment to pause and reflect on MSL’s long-term goals. See article.

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