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What Makes an Alien Intelligent?

An interesting article in The New Yorker on the necessity of keeping an open mind about what form an alien intelligence might take. Yet, even as the Kepler mission gets closer to finding a mirror image of our own planet, … Continue reading

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The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets

Pretty cool.  Jeremy Kasdin in this TED talk discusses an idea to remove the glare of a star’s light in order to possibly get a look at its planets.  

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First potentially habitable Earth-sized planet confirmed by Gemini and Keck observatories — ScienceDaily

This is a pretty big milestone.  The first Earth sized planet in a star’s habitable zone.  Pity it’s so far away (500 light years) that spectral analysis probably won’t be possible to figure out what its atmosphere has in it. … Continue reading

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Kepler’s Latest Exoplanet Hoard, Graphed

Ok, so if you’re like me, you probably didn’t pay much attention to the latest announcement of the number of exoplanets that had been found by Kepler.  It seems like those kinds of announcements have become old hat. This reaction … Continue reading

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When Will We Build the Starship Enterprise? | Seth Shostak

What if we could send humans anywhere at the speed of light, and at a rock-bottom price? That’s eminently feasible if we send the information and not the protoplasm. No crew, just code. Consider: The human genome consists of about … Continue reading

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