Friday, March 08, 2013

Contacting ETI with Bracewell probes

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Life - A new study could suggest that exposure to cold air may promote longevity in mammals. See article.
g Message - To contact an alien civilization, humanity might want to consider a Bracewell probe — a hypothetical concept for an autonomous interstellar space probe dispatched for the express purpose of communication with (an) alien civilization(s). It was proposed by Ronald N. Bracewell in a 1960 paper, as an alternative to interstellar radio communication between widely separated civilizations. See article.
g Cosmicus - An all-in-one chemical analysis instrument - currently under development -- could potentially detect a single amino acid in a gram of Martian soil. See article.

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