Sunday, November 11, 2012

Little methane found on Mars

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 - With its initial sniffs of the Martian atmosphere, Curiosity has been able to detect little to no methane on Mars. However, the data that the rover has gathered is helping scientists understand how Mars may have lost its original atmosphere. See article.
g Intelligence - The brain holds in mind what has just been seen by synchronizing brain waves in a working memory circuit, an animal study supported by the National Institutes of Health suggests. The more in-sync such electrical signals of neurons were in two key hubs of the circuit, the more those cells held the short-term memory of a just-seen object. See article.
g Cosmicus - In this interview, Jennifer Stern explains how she went from studying methane emissions in landfills to searching for signs of life on Mars. See article.

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