Daily Archives: November 23, 2011

  • Thankful Countdown to 11/24/2011…

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here are a few things news topics in astrobiology/planetary/climate science that I’m thankful for:

    3… The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft has started phoning home! This doesn’t necessarily mean the mission is saved, and it may even be past the point where a fully functional spacecraft could reach Mars, but this is a case where “no news is BAD news.” Things have changed for the better over the last 48 hours or so.

    2… Scientists that continue to pursue the worthy endeavor of climate change science. They steadily improve our understanding of what our future climate holds for us – and what

  • Farewell to a Brilliant Earth Mother

    Farewell to a Brilliant Earth Mother

    I’m sitting here in a surf café in Cocoa Beach Florida, taking a break from briefings for the impending launch of the Curiosity Mars rover and trying to wrap my head around the news of the sudden death of Lynn Margulis. I wish I had more time to gather these thoughts, but I’m trying to write this before my laptop runs out of juice and goes dark. All around me videos of youthful surfers endlessly riding perfect walls of water are cleverly looped so that they never hit the beach. But though

  • I am a scientist. Get me out of here!

    If you also think that sharing your research with a bunch of enthusiastic high school students is one of the best things about being a scientist, you will be interested in this London-based online outreach program: “I am a Scientist, Get me out of here! (IAS)”

    Here is how it works: About three or four times a year, IAS admins announce the application deadline for the interested candidates (aka graduate students and postdocs). If you are selected, the next step is to assign you to a zone based on your research/background. (For

  • Countdown to 11/23/11

    4. As Shawn mentioned yesterday, neutrinos have once again made headlines recently where the OPERA collaboration has verified their measurement using a different beam and some groups have refuted their claims (surprise!). Here are 158 papers debating this issue.

    3. Phobos-Grunt, the Russian mission to bring samples from the Martian moon Phobos got into trouble just minutes after the launch. There seems to be very little chance of a recovery.

    2. In other news, humans on the other side of the world are shipping a robotic lab to Mars