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Comparative Exoplanetology

Why do we need to spend any more effort on extra-solar planets? We found some, they’re there. Lumps of rocks, gasballs. We’re done, right? This, loosely paraphrased, was a serious question I got last week. The context was a question of why I was spending serious effort on exoplanet research, rather than focusing exclusively on…

“Name one thing robots can’t do in space that humans can!” was the challenge from a speaker at a meeting I attended many years ago. “Have babies!” was the loud and prompt reply from a grad student friend of mine at the back, thereby winning the argument to great applause. It is important to remember…

SETIcon feels like a curious mix of an AAS annual meeting and a science fiction WorldCon. Unfortunately, this extends to the concept of the parallel session. So, it is necessary to pick and choose. So, “Asteroids: Junkpiles or Resources?” – Yes. “Hubble 3D” – I really want to see Frank Summers’ rendition, but I’ll get…

Romulan Ale

Seen in the exihibition room at SETIcon Yes, that is what you think it is: Romulan Ale from Rocket Fizz From Real Art