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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…

EU Science Slam

This is a public service announcement: the EU is running a FameLab like Science Slam EURAXESS Researcher in Motion Science Slam, sponsored by the European Commission. “If you are a researcher currently based in North America (US and Canada), enter the competition by posting a video featuring your science slam on our LinkedIn site, or…

Cyber Wars: liveblog

Ok, straight from cosmology to cybersecurity: the Aspen Institute is running an “Aspen Security Forum” with several days of events. Tonight General Keith Alexander, head of the NSA is doing a forum with NBC’s Pete Williams. I got a ticket and got here early, as the heavens opened up and the lightning flashed. Despite the…

Life Is…

… a self-reproducing Turing Machine which can do work.

Weak Justifications

I am at a meeting at an undisclosed location, and concurrently the weak lensing folk are having a workshop on future surveys, so I am slumming at their sessions in my copious spare time. This morning Tony Tyson is leading a discussion on the technical aspects of the surveys, with LSST as the working example.…

A Champion of Change

Earlier this month I got an invitation to the White House. It was rather cryptic, asking me to attend an Event, today, followed by a reception in the Indian Treaty Room Regrettably, I had to decline, I was in Europe, and would only just be getting back. The logistics of getting to DC in time…

Over the next 10 years, what research done on bodies within our Solar System (measurements and theory) will be most important for informing our search for life beyond the Earth? This is the current topic posed as the Single Question on the Future of Astrobiology at the ongoing NASA Astrobiology Institute Roadmap online exercise. If…

The final session in the online discussion of the NASA Astrobiology Roadmap is today from 4-5 pm eastern. Go to Astrobiology Future to sign in to the live web chat. Questions and comments will be taken both from call-ins and from written questions. The online discussion will be moderated by Dr Francis McCubbin from UNM,…

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…