Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • FameLab Astrobiology: Live on NASA TV!

    The FameLab Astrobiology Finals will be broadcast live on NASA TV! That means you can watch the finals on cable or over the internet. The event will be held from 7-9 PM (EDT) on Monday, April 16th. Tune in to see some awe-inspiring planetary science communication! Check local listings for the NASA TV channel number in
  • AbSciCon Roommate Search Thread

    Hey, everyone! I thought it might be nice if those looking for a roommate for AbSciCon might have a place to find one. At the moment I know of two individuals - one male and one female - looking for a roommate. If you want a roommate, put your name, gender, roommate gender preference (if any),
  • Raindrops fossils = a barometer inside a DeLorean

    I've been meaning to write about friend and colleague Sanjoy Som's paper for over a week now. I'm finally getting around to it this evening. I submit to you that this paper is both unbelievably cool in the "I didn't know that was possible" sort of way yet also very important in the "we really
  • Yesterday was April 1

    So, let me explain why one could NEVER receive an ETI signal with particle detectors. As I mentioned yesterday, in addition to electromagnetic radiation, our galaxy is filled with charged particles known as comic rays (for historical reasons). These particles are highly energetic, traveling at relativistic speeds, so one could think to use them to communicate
  • OMG! signal: Evidence of extraterrestrial life?

    As many of you may know, on August 15, 1977, Jerry Ehman of Ohio State (By the way, OSU lost to KU yesterday. Go Jayhawks!), while working on the SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope discovered the famous Wow! signal. Since it was a narrowband radio signal, it could have been