Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Youngest still-forming solar system yet seen

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 - Astronomers have found the youngest still-forming solar system yet seen, an infant star surrounded by a swirling disk of dust and gas more than 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. See article.
g Abodes - Data from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft supports the hypothesis that the planet Mercury harbors abundant water ice in its permanently shadowed craters. The finding is helping astrobiologists understand how water may have been delivered to planets like Earth as the Solar System formed. See article.
g Learning - Molecular biologist and complexity theorist, Stuart Kauffman, discusses his role in research taking place as part of the Origin of Life-CERN collaborative project. In February 2013, CERN is set to host private talks concerning the potential for origin of life research at the organization. See article.

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