Category Archive: Alien Life

Dec 25 2015

Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh….oh, and Bill Whittle, too

I wish everyone a Happy and Safe Christmas!! Thank you so much for reading! Since Christmas this year has the a full Moon (for the first time since 1977), and since Bill Whittle is one of the most interesting commentators out there, my present to you is his take on the importance of the Moon …

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Sep 28 2015

NASA reports that there is flowing water on Mars

NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars. To me, this is news, but not “BIG NEWS”. There is plenty of evidence that water exists on Mars, and since there are parts of Mars that reach temperatures above the freezing point, I’m not surprised. Likely, this also means that there’s microscopic life on …

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Sep 18 2015

Survey for Alien Life comes up with nada

Are We Alone? Survey Finds No Sign of Advanced Alien Civilizations. This time, they looked at over 100,000 galaxies to see if excessive heat could be seen (which could an indication of an advanced society). They found nothing that couldn’t be explained by natural phenomenon. As I said before, I don’t mind other people spending …

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Sep 11 2015

SETI seeing returns from billionaire donation

SETI reborn: The New Search for Intelligent Life. $100 million over 10 years for SETI — that’s over five times more than SETI has ever gotten. I was once a big proponent of SETI, even devoted a lot of my computer CPUs to help crunch data. I’ve since become luke-warm to the idea, because We’ve …

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Jun 18 2015

NASA Europa mission passes milestone

All Systems Go for NASA’s Mission to Jupiter Moon Europa. NASA’s mission concept — to conduct a detailed survey of Europa and investigate its habitability — has successfully completed its first major review by the agency and now is entering the development phase known as formulation. … The mission plan calls for a spacecraft to …

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May 20 2015

Couldn’t have said it better myself…mostly

The Moon or Mars: Flawed Debate, False Choice – Part One. The author builds a strong case for why we should go to the Moon before we go to Mars. Reader’s Digest version: The Moon is much closer, effecting everything from rocket size to communications delays I do take issue with one of his conclusions: …

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May 05 2015

I just double-checked, and it’s not April Fool’s day…

SETI Sent Evidence of ET Contact by They Fly Productions Evidence of extraterrestrial contacts in Switzerland, said to be ongoing for 73 years, sent to scientists at SETI and recently formed NExSS Initiative. This is being reported as actual news. Here’s some of the quality evidence they share: Why in the world would Space Daily …

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Apr 22 2015

Is there anybody out there?

Search for advanced civilizations finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies. I certainly this its possible, but its seeming to be less and less likely. SETI has been an ongoing project for decades, and no verifiable evidence of advanced alien life has been found. Could it be that our Solar System is indeed unique? Most star …

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Apr 06 2015

My bet is an alien race with 187.5 tenticles

Unusual pattern found in fast radio bursts. We have detected 10 fast bursts of radio waves (FRBs) coming from space in the past 15 year. The delay between the arrival of the first and last waves of each burst is always close to a multiple of 187.5. No known natural process can explain this. Or …

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Mar 31 2015

Saturn’s moon Enceladus vs Jupiter’s Ganymede

Icy-Moon Discoveries: What They Mean for Alien Life Search. I, of course, have a certain soft spot for Ganymede, which plays a central role in Ships & Stones. Enceladus, though, seems to have a much higher chance of harboring life, even though both moons have large liquid subsurface oceans. Ganymede’s ocean is so deep that …

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Mar 30 2015

Testing extremophile bacteria in Mars-like conditions

SpaceWeather.com is carrying a report on Earth To Sky Calculus’ experiments with halobacteria on-board high-altitude balloons. They’ve already proven that the bacteria can survive flights up to 110,000 feet: During the flight, onboard sensors registered temperatures as low as -60 C, air pressures of 1% sea level, and cosmic radiation levels 40 times Earth-normal. Those …

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Jan 08 2015

Curiosity discovers potential signs of ancient life

in some recent pictures of the Martian surface. The hypthesis of Nora Noffke, a geobiologist at Old Dominion University in Virginia, is that these features on Mars are caused by the same processes on Earth, specifically that they are caused by microbiotic organisms. Overlay of sketch on photograph from above to assist in the identification …

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Jan 01 2015

UK team lobbies Mars One to send lettuce on first mission to Mars

Lettuce has had some success growing in the ISS, and in Mars-like conditions simulated on Earth. Now if they could grow steak-flavored lettuce, that’d be something! Here’s the but-it’s-time-to-slap-some-hippies” part: Researchers working on the #LettuceOnMars project recently fielded questions as part of a Reddit AMA. Reddit users grilled researchers on the risks entailed by introducing …

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Dec 18 2014

Cool graphic on possible sources of methane on Mars

Most notable on the chart is methane from current life. I would not be surprised at all if there is life percolating in underground aquifers there.

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Dec 16 2014

Curiosity makes first discovery of organic chemicals on Mars

More indications of possible ancient life. As I said here earlier (er…maybe it was on a LinkedIn post), this is certainly newsworthy, but only confirms what we already suspect. The discovery of current life on Mars would be huge news. Hmmmm…in other related articles, it appears that the organic chemicals were found in ancient water …

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Nov 25 2014

Pretty cool video on how the moon Europa may contain life

Well worth the 4 minutes and change that the video takes.

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Oct 17 2014

Would Finding Alien Life Change Religious Philosophies?

Would Finding Alien Life Change Religious Philosophies? Given that I already believe that life existed on Mars and that there are likely microbes in every nook and cranny in the Solar System (and by extension, other solar systems), and that I consider myself a strong Christian, such a discovery wouldn’t shake or change my faith …

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Aug 21 2014

I suspect Vodka is the culprit

Sure there’s Sea Plankton on the hull of the ISS. I wonder if it looked like this: OK, I believe it’s plausible that some plankton rode up on the outside as contamination, and it’s (just barely) plausible that the plankton could have adapted to live in the vacuum of space. But this gives me a …

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Aug 19 2014

Russians do space walk…and launch a Nanosat

It pains me to credit the Russians with anything, but at least they can build a spacesuit that doesn’t fill will water. Interesting that they launched a Nanosat by hand. Did they have to guess the vector and speed to release, or did it not matter for this satellite (I’m guessing not, since it’s a …

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