About Search 4 Xtraterrestrial Life

In this blog, I talk about how aliens might live, how their bodies might function, what types of aliens there might be, and the possible structures in an alien society. I bring you up-to-date news about anything in space involving the possibilities of life. Also, I talk about the histories of our own species, and their endeavors into space. Please subscribe to my blog, and enjoy reading it!

Some posts include: http://search4xtralife.blogspot.com/2008/12/terraforming-morals.html

http://search4xtralife.blogspot.com/2009/02/alien-diplomacy_09.html

http://search4xtralife.blogspot.com/2009/01/space-faring-civilizations-beginnings.html

Friday, June 26, 2009

Intergalactic Celebrities: Where to Hide?

Today on Earth, celebrities are able to be followed everywhere, 24-7. In an advanced civilization where tracking technology and transportation are advanced multifold, where might celebrities be able to hide from the media? In an intergalactic society news will be many months delayed, if not years. (This is with information traveling at the speed of light) Any celebrity would be able to hide, though only for a limited time. Otherwise, they would have to live in a stealth environment.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Not Here For A While

Sorry I haven't been able to post for a while... the recession that we are in has been affecting me and my family.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Jurassic Park, Aliens and Genetic Engineering

In the book and film Jurassic Park, it introduces a relatively futuristic concept into a way for simple minds to comprehend. Would it really be easy enough to recreate a species with mosquitoes? So far we have been able to clone animals, and alter their genes. We have implanted anti-pesticide genes into crops. But how far would an advanced alien race go - and how much would they themselves be able to change? A civilization separated by many light-years might clone themselves, so that they could be politically connected. They could colonize any planet with little or no terraformation effort, instead modifying the genes in selected creatures to live on the planet. Also, any technologically advanced civilizations would create nanomachines, able to destroy germs at atomic level. But they would have had to come an extremely long way to be able to successfully do this - with NO MISTAKES WHATSOEVER. Today's genetic engineering may lead to mutations and unstoppable epidemics in the future, even from one small genetic tweak.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Does Civilizaion have Time Limits? Is extinction possible?

So far, humanity is a one-planet species. Even though we have the technology to be a multi-planetary civilization, we have decided to stay 'home'. Currently humanity is concerned with global warming, food shortages and the possibilities of self-destruction. If humankind becomes a space-faring species, we will have to worry less about these issues. Is it possible that humans are approaching the end of days on Earth? People talk of terraformation, but we do not implement it. Eventually, if we do not leave the planet, humans will die out.

How soon might it be until humans HAVE to evacuate Earth?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Galactic Recessions and Solar-System WideDark Ages?

As a species on this planet, humankind is doing quite badly compared to the past. Even though we are not in 'dark ages' as in the medieval ages, we are not advancing at a very visible rate. If aliens at the height of their galactic power were to go into the dark ages, via communication or teleportation failure, how might their society break up or devolve? If their government were one unified population, they would loose all of their power so long as they were not able to have control. Multiple city-state, or solar/star system societies would emerge out of the mayhem. It might be possible for this galactic society to wage 'civil' war upon itself. Hopefully, though, the aliens would have a lower-tech solution and travel using solar sails, nuclear engines or other technology that by then would be ages old. Hopefully humanity will emerge successfully from our present global recession and invest in the future.

Also, how close do you think we are to becoming a system-wide society?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Helping Hand from Above

Humankind has always said that the Pyramids of Giza, Easter Island heads and many other diverse monuments were built with human ingenuity. But what if aliens came and helped humanity build these structures? They might have done this, and help begin the construction of civilization itself. What might the reasons be for a different, more advanced species to help primitive beings like ourselves to evolve? If life in space is rare, then these aliens might be helping us not out of kindness, but out of necessity. Also, although they see that we are primitive, they might want us to not destroy ourselves in the process of building our own civilization. There are many different reasons for alien beings to contact us..... hopefully, they might come back and check on our progress as a species and accept us in time to their society.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Human Architecture vs. Alien Architecture, Part II

Humans live on a planet with many diverse environments and weather, allowing us to create many different designs and structures from a multitude of substances. But what about other exoplanets, where there might not be as many materials? On an icy body where the ice never melts, the first primitive aliens that live there might eat the ice to make energy and to breathe. They might live in a hive or colony society, building tall ice 'mounds' like the termites do. On an arid planet like Mars, aliens might live deep underground near liquid aquifers. As it revolves around the sun, the aquifer will fill up and drain into any lower chambers dug out for storage. The architecture would be unlimited, because underground you can spread out in any direction and can be carved out in any shape possible.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Human Architecture vs. Alien Architecture, Part I

Today, humans have a multitude of architecturals styles. The first structures were probably caves, with manmade structures in the iceage probably being teepees made of wood, bone and animal skins. These structures were built to trap heat, with a fire in the middle. There were also structures built out of mud. Mud could be padded on top of a wooden structure, or it could be molded into bricks. With these bricks comes many architectural styles, from Spanish to modern. With the advent of glass and steel, skyscrapers became the new architectural style. Some buildings are now "going green" and are having hanging gardens, solar power panels and grass roofs.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Currency and their Changes

I came up with this article while thinking about our recession. Originally, the human civilization used the barter system, in which one type of good was traded for another. Then, the first currency of gold, silver and other metal coinage was made. The United States was one of the first to use paper money, which has no value in some countries but is still used. As a civilization moves into space, how might its 'currency' change? Right now our rockets and satellites are powered by nuclear fusion, hydrogen and liquid oxygen. We plan to mine for diamonds, gold water and other precious materials as we colonize space. In the future, humanity might use an immensely blown-up barter system as larger amounts of materials are discovered. For example, Jupiter might trade hydrogen for some carbon dioxide from Venus. As humanity continues to expand, we will also expand our trading and financial horizons.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Radio Transmissions and their Effectiveness

For over 8 decades humans have been sending radio signals into space, intentionally and unintentionally. Though this has only a limited effectiveness, because if aliens DO hear you, they will be hearing sounds and broadcasts that might be ancient by that time. Also, how do we know that aliens are not TOO ADVANCED to hear us? We have not discovered many transmissions, though we might be able to intercept a very old civilization's calls with radio waves. If we do contact an alien civilization, it would take many thousands of years to intercept their message, which we might not even be able to decode or understand. There is much uncertainty with radio transmissions. 

Monday, February 9, 2009

Alien Diplomacy and Humanity

If Area 51 is indeed holding aliens and spacecraft, then there are many ways in which an alien civilization might interact. They might attack our planet, which they luckily have not yet done. They might leave us alone, to disturbed by our scientific methods of dissection to interact with us. They might send in alien scientists to examine the human psyche, which it seems they have done since the 1950's with UFO encounters. Or instead, they might work with our government. This last scenario seems like an unlikely one, because as a species, our world would be in chaos if the discovery of any extraterrestrial life is made. 

If you want to read more about Alien Diplomacy, read my previous post.

Also, what do you think aliens are (might be) interacting with us today?

Friday, February 6, 2009

Alien Diplomacy

When War of the Worlds came out, someone came up with a very clever hoax. All over America radios told that extraterrestrials from Mars had come to Earth, and America responded in pure terror. How is this related to diplomacy? If any advanced aliens went out and searched for other life, how might different civilizations react? To any organisms that have little intelligence, they might go up to the aliens but not comprehend what they are seeing. To any tribal groups, like the nomadic tribes in Africa, they might make gods out of the aliens. To any civilizations as advanced as their own, they would probably react in friendship with each other. As for our own?? Right now our species might be subject to alien examination, with our governments covering it up.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Religion and Advanced Aliens Might not Mix

Religion has been the cause of wars, prosecution, bias and a hindrance to science. It has gone against Darwinian evolution, and has prosecuted against outspoken and thought-provoking women. But what might religion become in an alien civilization many centuries ahead of our own? These aliens, if they were like Christians, would have shed all previous beliefs and false "facts".  A religion that might be good for a space-faring race would believe in a god that would have created the entire universe and has since gone about creating life to travel among the stars. Also, another good religion would believe in any life forces that could create any essences or "souls". Currently, humans are mainly Christians and believe in Science.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Spore: Bringing the Universe to Your Computer

Spore, released in September 2008, lets you decide on the evolution of life. You start out with microbes, and can create more complex and intelligent creatures as you evolve. Spore uses state of the art computer software, simplified for your own use. As you design life forms, you can decide how they interact, how they hunt, and what customs they might have. As they advance they can become a space-faring race, interacting with other players and planetary systems online. So far, this is the only software of its kind. Not only is it a massive online community, but it is the only software with CAD and other advanced programs integrated with it. I recommend this to anyone, whether you are a computer programmer, a biologist or a normal person admiring this blog and reading this article.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Alien Megaconstructions and Superstructures

So far human civilization has created the pyramids, the Colosseum, the Taipai 101 tower, and many other huge structures. These projects are considered major accomplishments by our own species, but what about advanced civilizations many centuries ahead of our own? Extraterrestrials might view the terraformation of planets as everyday life, almost like the construction of a house or office building. With their advanced technology, these aliens would be able to construct buildings hundreds of miles wide. These advances might lead to some truly huge, like creating huge antimatter factories, immediate intergalactic communication, and possibly black hole transit. These projects would be considered as very important and as major accomplishments. Some other major constructions include the controversial "god" positions, which may include creating nebulae, initiating supernovae, and eventually spawning unique life on new planets and finding diverse lifeforms on other planets. Someday, humankind will hopefully follow in these footsteps.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Book Reccomendations about Aliens

Sorry I haven't been able to post... I had to study for finals. Also, I have looked up and read a couple of books. Here is a list of books which I recommend to any sci-fi fanatics:
     The Mars Trilogy, By Kim Robinson - Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars      
          3001: The Final Frontier, By Arthur C. Clarke
                 Sphere, By Michael Crichton

All of these books involve humans as space-faring races, and their interaction with the unknown. If you like stories that involve new frontiers, aliens and minor politics, then you should read these.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Political Structures, Successes and Failures

For centuries on our own planet we have experimented with different structures for our leadership. But what about aliens? Extraterrestrials with a hive structure, like that of bees, might keep in touch with "tradition" and simply let the queen reign while they engage in interstellar trade. This strategy would work, except it might form a form of disconnection from the workers and their leaders, creating a revolution. Bird-like creatures might keep in flock, being nomads which wander around planets. These creatures would colonize other planets, creating an independence from the original flock. This system could be very successful. While us primates might depend on a single leader, alien societies might depend on the entire civilization, with each group doing different things. This could go two ways. Beings could either choose what they want, or they could be stuck in it, their families becoming a part of a selected caste system. This would lead to revolt. Today, on the day president elect Barack Obama became our leader, I want you to think about different types of leadership and society.

Friday, January 16, 2009

BIG NEWS: Methane Discovered on Mars

Scientists have found plumes of methane in Mars's northern hemisphere. They found the methane through light, looking at the refractions of light to find them. They found multiple plumes of methane, one of which releasing 19,000 metric tons of methane into the atmosphere. These plumes were found over what are thought to be ancient water ways of flowing water. Though currently, they do not know the source of the methane. 

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Adaptation to New World: Genetic Engineering

As multiple worlds are colonized by alien beings, they might see that they might not want to alter the natural environment. One alternative to terraforming and domes is genetic engineering. This process will be hard, and will probably take many generations. Any advanced civilization might choose to experiment with fast-breeding animals, to test the results. If a being changes even one wrong gene, that creature would not live long on an alien world. As our technology and understanding about the genetic code advances, we may decide to alter our bodies to travel to other planets.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Planets: Diverse Edens

As an advanced space civilization travels farther into space, they may come to see different planets as different opportunities. How might they put different planets to use? On planets like Mercury, there would be no life existing there but machines, which mine the planet for materials. There is a huge sphere surrounding the entire planet, harvesting the energy of the sun as it rotates. On other planets covered in oceans, aliens might build a themepark, which strangely enough, might cover the entire planet. There would be hovorboarding and deep-ocean trench diving. On giant gas planets, an alien civilization would have a giant spaceport on its many moons, using the planet's gravity to launch spacecrafts to fast speeds. These ideas might not be true, because "green" aliens might turn planets into natural preserves, either leaving them as they are or introducing new and different species into the biosphere. Any way, the planets offer many diverse attractions and uses.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A New Home




A space-faring race with a huge population has to move out. But where would they go? Fledgling societies like our own might choose a nearby planet to colonize, or they might build space stations. Would people tweak their genes and adapt to the environment, or would they terraform the landscape? These decisions could be the next steps to colonizing other worlds. But what might aliens decide to do? If they were gas-like beings on a hot jupiter, any rocky planets nearby would not be suitable for them. They might decide to either build space stations or decide to travel into other solar systems like their own. Beings on cold, small planets would look outward, or might decide to colonize frozen parts of planets in their own solar system. These might be slightly warmer, but still adaptable conditions. Our universe has many diverse landscapes to choose from and change.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Space-Faring Civilizations: Beginnings

The human race began their journey into space 70 years ago. What jump-started this technology was the many technological advances made in the World Wars. The problem is, if a species has the power to go into space, then they also have the power to make powerful bombs. This would be a problem for many alien civilizations, including our own. If humans destroy themselves before they colonize space, then we are gone forever. It is probable that many past and present civilizations are facing this same problem. The Apollo missions were powered by less energy than a present-day calculator. Energy is not a problem, but the funding for our space programs is vital. In 10-30 years, there is to be over five nations colonizing the moon and, possibly, Mars. This will be one small leap for man, and a larger leap for mankind.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Time: Differences - and Happy New Year!

Time is woven into the fabric of space; it is there, wherever you are. Though depending on where you are, time may be different. Here on Earth, there are 60 minutes in an hour, and 24 hours in a day. On Mars, there are 24 of our hours in 1 day. While our days last 24 hours, Jupiter's last only 10! Venus's days are longer than its year, and Mercury's year is only 50 earth days. So Happy New Year.... wherever you are.