Thursday, February 14, 2013

Why stars are hotter at their surface

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 - Solar astronomers have long wondered why the Sun's atmosphere gets hotter, rather than colder, as you move away from the star's surface. High resolution observations are now revealing the mechanism that pumps energy into the Sun's corona. See article.
g Abodes - A new study on ice cores shows that the period between Earth's ice ages may have been warmer than previously thought. See article.
g Life - Red coloration - historically seen as costly in vertebrates - might represent some physiological benefit after all, according to research published in the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. See article.

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