Sunday, October 28, 2012

Whales imitating human voices

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 - Previous theories have suggested that the Moon formed from a cloud of debris caused by a small planet striking the early Earth. A new theory suggests that the impact may have actually broken off a chunk of the Earth, which later formed our planet's familiar moon. See article.
g Life - For the first time, researchers have been able to show by acoustic analysis that whales - or at least one very special white whale - can imitate the voices of humans. That's a surprise, because whales typically produce sounds in a manner that is wholly different from humans. See article.
g Cosmicus - As New Horizons travels toward Pluto, the science team has become increasingly aware that dangerous debris might be orbiting in the Pluto system. The spacecraft will have to navigate safely through the material in order to make its scientific observations of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. See article.

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