Friday, March 01, 2013

What role will extraterrestrials play in humanity’s future?

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Intelligence - Domestic dogs are much more likely to steal food when they think nobody can see them, suggesting for the first time that dogs are capable of understanding a human's point of view. See article.
g Message - What role will extraterrestrials play in humanity’s future? Here’s a paper by University of Toronto Professor Allen Tough. Though written more than 25 years ago, the paper contains plenty of useful ideas that are fresh (and ignored) today, especially those about extraterrestrial behavior and help.
g Cosmicus - NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will take the most precise measurements of how warmth from the Sun can ultimately push asteroids and change their orbits. The data will help astrobiologists understand the risk of an asteroid collision with Earth in the future. See article.

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