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Astrobiology Future The NASA online discussion session on the Astrobiology Roadmap continues this week. This morning there was a web chat on “Early Evolution of Life and the Biosphere”, which is being followed up by an ongoing online discussion on the questions posed and soliciting ideas for priorities in research direction. The questions being discussed…

I come to praise Kepler, not to bury it… The Kepler Mission is one of the little NASA spacecraft that so frequently comes along, exceeds all expectations and changes our perspective of the universe. There is a good Quick History of the transit method and Kepler Mission concept on the website. Otto Struve noted in…

The future of Astrobiology research within NASA is being set now. Next week there are further opportunities for community input. The online discussion for Solar System Exploration wraps up today! If you are an active researcher, a student planning on getting into astrobiology, or an interested member of the community, this is your chance to…

What are Origami Nanosat Telescopes? How about Kinetic Inductance Detectors? More importantly, what should we do with them? NASA’s Astrophysics is doing a Roadmap exercise, with the stated intent to look at science goals, technology and capabilities up to 30 years out! White papers were solicited a few weeks ago, and about 100 were received…

It is critically important that the community participate in the current ongoing discussion for the NASA roadmaps. Particularly if you are an early career researcher. This is your opportunity to make the case for what you think is interesting and important. NASA is going through a series of Roadmap exercises by the different directorates, trying…

Just read a series of interesting articles on inquiry based science: Inquiry Science rocks: Or does it – David Klahr tries to test the efficacy of discovery learning (APS News 12. 2012). Direct Instruction rocks: Or does it – Richard Hake takes issue with Klahr’s inferences. To be contrasted with: The Efficacy of Student-Centered Instruction…

Linkedy Links XII

Knock. Knock. Hello? Is this thing still working? Anyone there? Ok, it is end of semester and I am out of excuses. Time to clear out some backlog of stuff to read. Am I Wrong? – Bruce Alberts, Editor in Chief of Science, worries about the future. He is rarely wrong. Time Crystals – interesting…

The department of Astronomy & Astrophysics is proud to announce a special colloquium by a distinguished visitor: TITLE: Emission Lines Accompanying Gamma-Ray Flares from the Tidal Disruption of Dyson Spheres by Binary Intermediate-Mass Black Holes at z ~ 10. Special Lunch Talk, Monday, April 1, 2013 by Professor Rajesh Koothrappali, Circumference Institute [Host: Hofstadter] ABSTRACT:…

this is not a Planck post… Visalization of the Gödel Universe WMAP-9 Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays? – Astrophysicist lets you pick the priors and decide… Harvard did WHAT? “Detection of Carbon Monoxide and Water Absorption Lines in an Exoplanet Atmosphere” – Konopacky et al Science (sub) – HR8799 good S/N spectra “Direct imaging discovery of…

Answers on a single sheet double spaced 12 pt font, by monday, please, including figures. The NASA Advisory Council, subcommittee on Astrophysics, has started a Roadmap Exercise. The roadmap exercise was called for at the February 2013 meeting. The roadmap is intended to: Articulate NASA’s astrophysics vision looking out 30 years Science-based -> identify key…