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Shawn Domagal-Goldman is currently a Research Space Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. His research is on exoplanet characterization lessons from the “pale orange dot” that was the Archean Earth. You can also find him blogging about baseball stats and the woe of being a Cubs fan at Bleed Cubbie Blue.
 
23
Nov 2013

Gather Ye Data While Ye May

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For those that don’t know me (or follow me on Facebook/Twitter), I’m a huge Chicago sports fan. So I’ve been ruminating all morning about the latest news out of Chicago – that Derrick Rose injured his knee last night. Today, we’re all awaiting the news on how serious the injury is. It’s hard to put into words how devastating an injury would be. Rose is a Chicago native, who the city took tremendous pride in as a high school player,....
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10
Nov 2013

Survey says….

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You may have heard the news, announced earlier this week, about the presence of tens of billions of habitable planets in our galaxy. This is big news for two reasons: one is related to the simplest astronomy one can do; the other is related to astronomy so difficult and complicated we don’t even know how to do it yet. (But we’re working on it.) But before we get to that, let’s set the stage with an analogy. You can think....
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01
Sep 2013

Men are from Mars and Women are from Mars, too?

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There’s been a lot of press coverage this week about a presentation by Steve Benner at this year’s Goldschmidt conference in Florence supporting the idea that life on Earth originated on Mars, and then spread to Earth. This would mean we’re ALL Martians. I’m not at the meeting (new baby + sequestration), so I didn’t see the presentation. From what I can piece together, it provides nice support in the form organic chemistry for a very exciting hypothesis… but the....
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08
Aug 2013

Apologies for the hiatus – we’ll be back in action soon!

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Hey everyone! It’s been pretty crazy around here lately. Some proposal deadlines took a lot out of all of us, and the month-old child in my house took a lot out of yours truly. But I’ve been thinking a lot about some content I want to push out there. So stay tuned… and thanks for your patience!
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23
Jun 2013

The Next Full Moon is the Buck Moon or the Thunder Moon

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A little late again, which is (as always is the case) on me and not on Gordon Johnston, who sends out his once-a-moon updates on stellar and lunar happenings. I’ve missed one or two of the posts, and haven’t written in a while but that will change soon. We’re past proposal season (for me) and so I’ll have a more sane workload going forward. Enjoy this full moon, folks – it’s going to be a nice one. ————— The next....
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26
Apr 2013

Astrobiology Futures – A Grassroots Roadmap!

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Hey, astrobiology colleges… check it out! This just came across my desk. A new roadmapping activity is starting up, and it’s set up to involve as many people as possible by leveraging online tools. I love this sort of thing. It maximizes community involvement while minimizing the environmental (and budgetary) footprint of travel. Anyways, go register and have your voice heard: —– It’s time to chart the future directions of astrobiology research and you can participate. During the month of....
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