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Jul 13, 2021

Daniel Schmachtenberger: Steering Civilization Away from Self-Destruction | Lex Fridman Podcast #191

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Jul 13, 2021

Russia Proposes Nuclear Power Plant on Mars

Posted by in categories: alien life, nuclear energy

Case in point, a subsidiary of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency is now proposing a nuclear power station on Mars, intended to power a future Russian base on the Red Planet, state-run news agency Sputnik reports.

The Arsenal Design Bureau, the subsidiary, is recommending using the same technologies destined for Zeus, a proposed interplanetary space tug, to power a nuclear reactor on the Martian surface as well.

The massive space tug is designed to make use of a nuclear-powered electric propulsion system to deliver payloads throughout the solar system. Earlier this year, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin suggested that Zeus could also visit other planets, including Jupiter, to search for alien life. Russia is hoping to begin flight-testing it starting around 2030.

Jul 10, 2021

Goldilocks planets ‘with a tilt’ may develop more complex life

Posted by in categories: alien life, chemistry

Planets which are tilted on their axis, like Earth, are more capable of evolving complex life. This finding will help scientists refine the search for more advanced life on exoplanets. This NASA-funded research is presented at the Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference.

Since the first discovery of exoplanets ( orbiting distant stars) in 1992, scientists have been looking for worlds that might support life. It is believed that to sustain even basic life, exoplanets need to be at just the right distance from their stars to allow liquid water to exist; the so-called “Goldilocks zone.” However, for more advanced life, other factors are also important, particularly .

Oxygen plays a critical role in respiration, the chemical process which drives the metabolisms of most complex living things. Some basic life forms produce in small quantities, but for more complex life forms, such as plants and animals, oxygen is critical. Early Earth had little oxygen even though basic life forms existed.

Jul 10, 2021

NASA Is Quietly Funding a Hunt for Alien Megastructures

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Detecting ‘technosignatures’ such as hypothetical Dyson spheres in space could lead us to extraterrestrial life, and now NASA is funding the search.

Jul 9, 2021

Richard Branson may beat Bezos and Musk in billionaire space race

Posted by in categories: alien life, transportation

Among the three billionaires throwing money behind their own rockets in a race to space, Richard Branson may be the first to take flight after his company Virgin Galactic received approval from the U.S. aviation safety regulator to fly people to space.

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Jul 7, 2021

Ancient Diamonds Show Earth Was Primed for Life’s Explosion of Diversity at Least 2.7 Billion Years Ago

Posted by in categories: alien life, chemistry

A unique study of ancient diamonds has shown that the basic chemical composition of the Earth’s atmosphere which makes it suitable for life’s explosion of diversity was laid down at least 2.7 billion years ago. Volatile gases conserved in diamonds found in ancient rocks were present in similar proportions to those found in today’s mantle, which in turn indicates that there has been no fundamental change in the proportions of volatiles in the atmosphere over the last few billion years. This shows that one of the basic conditions necessary to support life, the presence of life-giving elements in sufficient quantity, appeared soon after Earth formed, and has remained fairly constant ever since.

Presenting the work at the Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference, lead researcher Dr. Michael Broadly said, “The proportion and make-up of volatiles in the atmosphere reflects that found in the mantle, and we have no evidence of a significant change since these diamonds were formed 2.7 billion years ago.”

Volatiles, such as hydrogen, nitrogen, neon, and carbon-bearing species are light chemical elements and compounds, which can be readily vaporized due to heat, or pressure changes. They are necessary for life, especially carbon and nitrogen. Not all planets are rich in volatiles; Earth is volatile-rich, as is Venus, but Mars and the Moon lost most of their volatiles into space. Generally, a planet rich in volatiles has a better chance of sustaining life, which is why much of the search for life on planets surrounding distant stars (exoplanets) has focused on looking for volatiles.

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Jul 4, 2021

Construction begins on the Square Kilometre Array

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The biggest ever radio telescope just started construction, and is scheduled to begin science operations in 2027. It will be 50 times more sensitive than any previous observatory, and 10000 times faster at gathering data. It will study the so-called Dark Ages (just 380000 years after the Big Bang), as well as large-scale galactic structures, and could even look for signs of alien life.


This week, construction officially began on the Square Kilometre Array – set to become the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built – with first light scheduled for 2027.

Jun 29, 2021

The lonely universe: Is life on Earth just a lucky fluke?

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Are there any individuals out there who, like myself, believe that our wonderful planet probably hosts the only lifeforms to be found anywhere? Should this ideed be the case, it places a colossal responsibility upon humankind. A responsibility, I would maintain, to not only share the gift of Earth-life with the silent, barren worlds which surround us but also to do our utmost to safeguard the splendid variety of life, in all of its myriad forms which inhabit our fecund and bountiful planet. If there are like minded folk out there please respond-I would like to link up with the view to working collaboratively. As this will be an extremely lengthy endeavour, probably lasting for many generations, my own area of interest is in popularising the subject among the young.


Life beyond might not exist — or we just don’t know how to find it.

Jun 28, 2021

New study disputes the theory of aliens living in the clouds over Venus

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If microbes live in the Venusian skies, they must be able to survive with far less water than any known life found on Earth.


If there are microbes living in the Venusian skies, they have evolved to survive with far less water than any known life on Earth, a new study suggests.

Jun 28, 2021

Is Intelligent Life As Uncommon As ‘Rare Earth’ First Proposed?

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Twenty years after the publication of their game-changing book “Rare Earth,” Ward and Brownlee argue that planets like Earth are likely as rare as ever.

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