Sunday, September 23, 2012

When methane doesn’t indicate life on alien worlds

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 - Researchers says that methane generated by meteors could make alien worlds look like they are inhabited by life - even though they are not. See article.
g Intelligence - How do language families evolve over many thousands of years? How stable over time are structural features of languages?Researchers Dan Dediu and Stephen Levinson of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen introduced a new method using Bayesian phylogenetic approaches to analyse the evolution of structural features in more than 50 language families. See article.
g Cosmicus - NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover's arm to examine. See article.

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