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Tell me, O muse, of that ingenious ship which will peer far and wide… The European Space Agency is being very sensible and mapping out its schedule for large and medium science missions for the medium term, under the Cosmic Vision program. In particular, the first of the large missions, L1, has been chosen and…

Bolden Responds

“Text of Bolden Response to Wolf Letter Re Chinese Participation in Kepler Conference” – from spacepolicyonline.com >From: Bolden, Charles (HQ-AA000) >Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:20 PM Central Standard Time >To: >Cc: >Subject: Response to Chairman Wolf “It is unfortunate that potential Chinese participants were refused attendance at the upcoming Kepler Conference at the Ames…

The Lights Are Going Out…

When it is darkest, men see the stars. This afternoon I needed to check something urgently, and as is my habit in this day and age, I jumped to a website where I knew the information was available. A few seconds later, with some irritation I went to hit “refresh” as the request failed to…

The google+ hangout on SETI searches for KII and KIII aliens using WISE is archived on Youtube: Enjoy

A google hangout this afternoon: “Today, September 18, 2:00 PM SETI Institute researchers Jill Tarter and Franck Marchis (host & moderator) will hangout with Jason Wright, professor of astronomy at Penn State, Matt Povich, professor of astronomy at Cal Poly Pomona and Freeman Dyson, theoretical physicist and mathematician at the Institute for Advance Study. These…

Black Holes: Live Firewalls

The Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics is currently holding a “Rapid Response Workshop” on Black Holes: Complementarity, Fuzz, or Fire?, August 19-30. Organizers: Raphael Bousso (UCB), Samir Mathur (OSU), Rob Myers (PI), Joe Polchinski (KITP), Lenny Susskind (Stanford) The lunch talk today is Lenny Susskind “Inside Black Holes” That talk will be available on video,…

Final day of the “A Universe of Black Holes” workshop with a session: “Modeling Black Hole Accretion and Outflows” – all MHD sims today… Chris Reynolds (Univ. of Maryland) starts with – The temporal variability of model accretion disks Had to miss this. Go check it online, Chis gives fab talks. Julian Krolik (JHU) “The…

Introduction to Astrobiology

Last year EANA, the European Astrobiology Network Association put up a series of 18 introductory astrobiology video lectures constituting the AstroBiology Course Lectures: Introduction to Astrobiology Formation of the Solar System Origins of Life: current theories Comets and the origin of life Basic prebiotic chemistry Structures and evolution of proteins Most simple (early) life forms…

The workshop on Massive Black Holes at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics continues with today’s session on “Co-evolution of black holes and their host galaxies”. I continue a semi-liveblog of the proceedings. As before, talks are online here – podcast, audio and video options; pdfs of talk slides added as speakers get them in.…

A Universe of Black Holes: V

We are back to “Massive Black Holes” Happy Birthday Alberto! Alberto Sesana (AEI) leads off with “Probing massive black holes with space-based interferometry and pulsar timing” starts with overview of gravitational radiation – characteristic frequencies, amplitudes, timescales Baby Black Holes – up for adoption, get collectible adoption certificates with a picture of your very own…