Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Evolution of rocky planets

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 - A new study on the mineral magnesium oxide is helping scientists understand the nature of planetary interiors. The results could yield new insight into the evolution of rocky planets. See article.
g Life - This week a pioneering study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and co-authored by Dr. Alison Murray and Dr. Christian Fritsen of Nevada's Desert Research Institute (DRI) reveals, for the first time, a viable community of bacteria that survives and ekes out a living in a dark, salty and subfreezing environment beneath nearly 20 meters of ice in one of Antarctica's most isolated lakes. See article.
g Cosmicus - Astronaut Don Pettit continues his diary from Expedition 31 on the international space station. In this installment he reports on the progress of plants being grown in the conditions of low Earth orbit. See article.

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