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!

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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.