Thursday, October 11, 2012

Watching evolution in action

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Life - Take a good look around on your next nature hike. Not only are you experiencing the wonders of the outdoors - you're probably also witnessing evolution in action. See article.
g Intelligence - Nearly 100 years after a British neurologist first mapped the blind spots caused by missile wounds to the brains of soldiers, Perelman School of Medicine researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have perfected his map using modern-day technology. Their results create a map of vision in the brain based upon an individual's brain structure, even for people who cannot see. Their result can, among other things, guide efforts to restore vision using a neural prosthesis that stimulates the surface of the brain. See article.
g Cosmicus - Adam Steltzner, the Entry, Descent and Landing Phase Lead for Curiosity, explains why the Mars rover matters to ordinary people. Space exploration is an expensive endeavor, but the benefits that missions bring can be wide-reaching in terms of education and economic payback. See article.

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