Monday, February 11, 2013

Inside binary star explosions

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 - A University of Alberta professor has revealed the workings of a celestial event involving binary stars that produce an explosion so powerful its luminosity ranks close to that of a supernova, an exploding star. See article.
g Life - A new study shows that sunken pieces of wood can develop into oases for deep-sea life. Using underwater robot technology, scientists confirmed that life from hot and cold seeps on the ocean floor are attracted to the wood due to the activity of bacteria. See article.
g Cosmicus - Richard Leveille of the Canadian Space Agency is one of the scientists working on Curiosity's Chemistry & Camera (ChemCam) instrument. ChemCam’s laser will target selected rocks, creating an ionized, glowing plasma that will be used to analyze their composition. See article.

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