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By Dr. Gerry Harp, Senior Astrophysicist, Center for SETI Research, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Trained as a quantum mechanic, Dr. Gerry Harp was deeply interested in possibilities for using the multiple telescopes of the Allen Telescope Array to generate steerable “beams” on the sky — beams that could be far smaller than any single…

Remembering Dr. Emma Bakes An exceptional person, Dr. Emma Bakes passed away on February 28, 2011. She accomplished a great deal and touched many people in an unfortunately short time. Her accomplishments span oceans and included the physical sciences, medicine, fashion, martial arts, and parenthood to name just a few. To honor and remember her,…

Worlds in the Making

By Dr. Ignacio Mosqueira, an astrophysicist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Ignacio Mosqueira works with Paul Estrada to piece together the way in which giant planets – such as Jupiter and Saturn — and their moons and rings formed. Ignacio notes that…

By Dr. Rosalba Bonaccorsi Environmental Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute, and Gail Jacobs Rosalba, what first sparked your interest in science? I’ve always had big dreams — even as a young girl. As soon as I started to walk, I took an interest in…

“Hawking Hawking”

By Dr. Mark R. Showalter Planetary astronomer at the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute It was just a few months ago that Stephen Hawking was making headlines with his bold assertion that extraterrestrial beings, if they exist, are best avoided. His argument was based in part upon…