Robosquirrels Versus Rattlesnakes

Admittedly this post has little to do with the cosmos and is being shared primarily because I find it pretty awesome. One could claim that the parallel is that robotics used to study planetary bodies (or reptilian-like aliens) is somewhat similar – something I write about frequently – so we’ll stick with that story for this one. Regardless, this is pretty fascinating and the video is a must-see. Let me know if you see the snake strike the robosquirrel (before they slow it down). I could have sworn the rattler missed the little fella! Read More →

Intelligent Life in the Universe

Source: antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov

We cannot completely discount the possibility that alien life will look or act like us, not least of all given the statistical probabilities. The laws of natural selection alone may no longer govern humans; however, whilst cloning and gene manipulation may allow human enhancement and the curing of disease, we are still constrained by the physiological limitations hard-coded into our genes. Other carbon-based life forms might utilize the same chemical structures (DNA or even RNA) as information carriers, especially with these molecules found in abundance throughout the interstellar medium. On the other hand they may be completely different. Extrapolate to the practical applications of, say, superstring physics (if it’s right) and maybe they can put their intelligence into non-biological forms. Arthur C. Clarke said that what they could do would be like magic to us. Read More →