Life, Not As We Know It

We’ve tweeted articles about the new generation of telescopes coming online in the near future. Now that we have found planets orbiting our galactic neighbours, and even beyond our galaxy, what could the next great telescope discovery be? According to this Extremetech article, NASA predicts it’s Life.

Life. Not necessarily intelligent, sentient life, or any kind as we know it, but the verification of even any kind of microbial life is proof we are not “alone” in the universe.

Drake’s equation is a means for guesstimating a number of civilizations that could be out there, but the fact of the matter is that if we have evidence of even ONE extra-terrestrial form of life, it means a philosophical paradigm shift bigger than realizing the Earth orbits the moon, and not the other way around.

In fact, one must understand the universe may be full of living organisms, in varieties we cannot even imagine, both in the distant past that we can only now see with the most powerful technology, and the future that will come eons after us.

The alternative belief, that our fragile planet is the only source there was or ever will be, is simply historical.

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/186321-well-find-alien-life-in-the-next-20-years-with-our-new-awesome-telescopes-says-nasa

Getting There is Challenge Enough

This article, first in a series from Mental_Floss, examines the realistic challenges of getting people to, and settling on Mars from an engineer’s perspective.

Extreme Engineering: The Challenges of Building a Colony on Mars

Eternal Sunshine of The Matrix, and Brain Pacemakers

This incredible hour-long Google Hangout with Dr Michio Kaku covers topics from his latest book, such as future real-world precision brain surgeries that can manipulate mental illnesses and memories. Don’t worry, he also covers string theory and more.

Ancestral Traits

We work hard to overcome a lot of our natural tendencies in order to cope with modern living, and human biology changes drastically in zero- or low-gravity environments. This article from io9 is a good read for some examples of ancestral traits we all recognize.

“Most Unfortunate Design Flaws in the Human Body”