Monday, October 08, 2012

Microbes living in radioactive sites

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 - An unexpected discovery by an international team of astronomers is forcing scientists to rethink their understanding of the environment in globular star clusters, tight-knit collections containing hundreds of thousands of stars. See article.
g Life - Scientists have sequenced nearly 150,000 genes from soil samples at a former uranium mill. The study could help researchers understand how microbial communities in soil clean up sites contaminated with toxic metals. The results may even have implications in helping to reduce greenhouse gases. See article.
g Intelligence - A skull fragment unearthed by anthropologists in Tanzania shows that our ancient ancestors were eating meat at least 1.5 million years ago, shedding new light into the evolution of human physiology and brain development. See article.

Get your SF book manuscript edited