Missing Links: Alien Worlds Edition

Humanity has always been fascinated with the world beyond their home, and this week in Missing Links we’ll take a gander at places around the web that explore alien worlds and the travel there. From the vacuum of space to the fictionalized and sensational, click through to get your inundation of all-things extraterrestrial. Buckle in and hit launch, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  • Think you’re blingin’? Check out Uranus and Neptune. Scientist think these planets have seas made of liquid diamond. This has led diamond dealers to, what is known in the scientific community as, “collectively shit themselves.”
  • Some people love alien worlds so much that the thought of not living on one is too much to bear. Scumbag Style explains why if this is the case, you’re a major douche. I love the world established in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but you don’t see me slitting my wrists because I’ll never get a telephone booth with the power to travel through time from George Carlin in a trench coat.
  • How’re those antibiotics you’re taking for that infection treating you? Well, you might have to bin them. Scientists at NASA have been trying to find out why salmonella, strep, and even yeast can become virulent when launched into space.
  • Got $28.8 million lying around? You can, and probably should, buy a space shuttle. Have a team of SUV’s ready to tow whatever you point them? Haul away a space shuttle engine for free.
  • People often fear the depiction of extraterrestrials in movies. Cracked.com explains the reasons, visually, why puppies are more fearsome than aliens. Both informative and adorable!
  • In their slide-show, 10 Science Letdowns of the New Millennium, Scientific American includes the space-race. While scientist continue to learn from the deep dark, very few of us have even left the stratosphere. Now I’ve gone and made myself sad.
  • Think you’ve got problems? International Space Station residents can’t drink their own sweat and urine. They’re supposed to, after filtration of course, but the $250 million system keeps getting clogged with calcium deposits. Somebody up there needs to lay off the cheese.
  • National Geographic paints a verbal picture of what life on other planets might look like. Welcome to planet Aurelia where giraffe-like predators called gulphogs and tiny flesh-dissolving tadpoles known as hysteria roam about and live little alien lives. Sure it’s from a special in 2005, but it’s still good reading.
  • Wired Magazine runs down the mostly likely places life may be in the solar system. Who’s taking bets? I’ve got fifty bucks on Europa.
  • Nobody is more interested in finding alien life than SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, an organization advocated by one of my personal heroes, Carl Sagan. Many groups are involved in the search, and you can help by downloading a screensaver that uses your idle-time to process information from radio telescopes. Who knows, maybe if they find it off your data-thread you’ll get to name it?


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4 responses to “Missing Links: Alien Worlds Edition

  1. I am also a great fan of this subject and I love seeing some new posts in this niche! Thank you πŸ˜‰

    • Hey Oak Tables,

      Glad you enjoyed the post, and hopefully the links were fun and/or informative. I too have always loved the subject, and this is just one of the little ways I can share my passion with the world(s).

      Hope to see you around,

  2. Great article. There’s a lot of good info here, though I did want to let you know something – I am running Ubuntu with the up-to-date beta of Firefox, and the layout of your blog is kind of flaky for me. I can read the articles, but the navigation doesn’t work so good.

    • Hi there Heike,

      Sorry that Linux/Firefox are causing the page to react weirdly – I’m no programmer, this is a WordPress issue that I unfortunately cannot resolve. Thanks for coming by though and giving us a read, as well as for pointing on the problem.

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