Category: Extraterrestrial life
|July 22, 2015||Posted by Eric Anderson under Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial life, Privileged planet|
Over on the other thread we’ve had a brief discussion of the recent initiative to find extraterrestrial intelligence. In response to a couple of the comments I thought it might be instructive to look at the logic behind the privileged planet hypothesis, as it relates to the search for life beyond Earth. To that end, […]
|July 20, 2015||Posted by Eric Anderson under Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial life|
Today, Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking announced a $100M initiative to seek extraterrestrial life, injecting renewed energy (and funds) into the hunt for life (specifically, intelligent life) beyond our fair planet. Although this has been a decades-long area of research and interest, with the SETI institute playing perhaps the most important role in recent years, […]
|July 5, 2015||Posted by News under Convergent evolution, Extraterrestrial life, News|
Especially call Simon Conway Morris (right). Collect, Cambridge. From ScienceDaily: Extra-terrestrials that resemble humans should have evolved on other, Earth-like planets, making it increasingly paradoxical that we still appear to be alone in the universe, the author of a new study on convergent evolution has claimed. The argument is one of several that emerge from […]
|May 31, 2015||Posted by Eric Anderson under Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial life|
Just ran across this interesting article. I don’t put too much stock into computer simulations of things that are still poorly understood. Indeed, there are plenty of open questions about whether even the basic mechanics of planet formation are understood. But this caught my eye: For planets to be habitable, they must orbit stars within […]
|April 19, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Extraterrestrial life, Intelligent Design, News, Origin Of Life|
So claims writer Mark Strauss at Slate: Ridiculing astrobiologists is a favorite sport at the Discovery Institute, which complains on its news site that “hardly a month goes by lately when the science media fail to breathlessly report the discovery of a new planet, in some star’s ‘habitable zone,’ that might hypothetically be capable of […]
|April 8, 2015||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, News|
So says Jet Propulsion Lab: As NASA missions explore our solar system and search for new worlds, they are finding water in surprising places. Water is but one piece of our search for habitable planets and life beyond Earth, yet it links many seemingly unrelated worlds in surprising ways. “NASA science activities have provided a […]
|April 6, 2015||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, Intelligent Design, News|
Newsweek tells us, “aliens are enormous, science suggests,” here: Aliens, if they exist, are likely huge. At least that’s the conclusion of a new paper by cosmologist Fergus Simpson, who has estimated that the average weight of intelligent extraterrestrials would be 650 pounds (300 kilograms) or more. ET would have paled in comparison to these […]
|April 4, 2015||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, News|
From Starts with a Bang: The simple division of our solar system into rocky and gassy worlds is the result of a complex planetary dance that in many ways defies the odds, and lies on the outskirts of what’s “normal” or, at least, average. But the galaxy is a very large place, with somewhere around […]
|April 2, 2015||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, News|
So wonders New Scientist: BURSTS of radio waves flashing across the sky seem to follow a mathematical pattern. If the pattern is real, either some strange celestial physics is going on, or the bursts are artificial, produced by human – or alien – technology. Telescopes have been picking up so-called fast radio bursts (FRBs) since […]
|March 22, 2015||Posted by News under Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial life, News|
Here. “As a new TIME book explains, a cosmos with trillions of planets does not guarantee more than one with life.” You think that’s bad news? Here’s worse: You are not alone. That other guy is God. 😉 How Do We Grapple with the Idea that ET Might Not Be Out There? This closes our […]
|March 4, 2015||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, Intelligent Design, News|
It is cheerleading for a worldview, one that permits, even encourages, fiction to stand in for fact. In Scientists Create Methane-Based Life: Science Reporting Stoops to a New Low, Eric Anderson recounts a claim for life on Saturnian moon Titan: Researchers have finally developed a new “life form.” And a methane-based one at that. Now […]
|March 2, 2015||Posted by Eric Anderson under Extraterrestrial life, Media, Origin Of Life|
Yesterday a friend sent me a link to a news article with the exciting headline: “No water needed: Methane-based life possible on Saturn’s moon Titan, study says.” Quite remarkable! Amazing enough to immediately attract my friend’s attention and to get him to shoot an email to me with the link, as he knows I am […]
|January 16, 2015||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, News|
YOU bet the farm on it. Send us a postcard.
|January 8, 2015||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, Intelligent Design, News|
Researcher: striking morphological similarities between Martian sedimentary structures and microbial structures on Earth.
|December 27, 2014||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, News|
NS: however: some scientists believe we should keep our heads down so as not to alert malicious aliens to our feeble presence.
|December 12, 2014||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, News|
But never return our calls.
|December 11, 2014||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, News|
More likely, authors say, from asteroids.
|December 9, 2014||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, Intelligent Design, News|
Researcher: Funding comes from the possibility of finding life out there. NASA is funded to go to other planets to find life.
|December 9, 2014||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, News|
Can one can now talk about life on Mars without losing one’s job?
|December 6, 2014||Posted by News under Exoplanets, Extraterrestrial life, News|
Read it and bleep.