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Aug 2011

Carl Sagan

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It’s a slow news day, and I worked through the weekend so I’m taking a night off. In place of our usual nightly rundown of the news, I hope you’ll accept this wonderful auto-tuning of one of our collective heroes. For more, check out the Symphony of Science:
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Aug 2011

The Countdown to 8/12/2011

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There’s not a ton of space/astrobiology news today, but some good new stuff related to science and climate policy in today’s edition of Science… 3… What does the debt deal mean for science and government-funded research? A news & analysis piece tries to answer that question. The gist is that in the short-run the deal is neutral to slightly good… but in the long run the impacts could be harsh, particularly on current and future postdocs. It boils down to....
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Aug 2011

The Countdown 8/11/2011

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I missed yesterday, and there’s some big news to report. 3… Hydrogen: it’s what’s for dinner. A new Nature paper (and commentary ) by Petersen et al. explains the discovery of a new energy source (hydrogen) for symbiotic organisms living on oceanic vents. This is big news because it both expands the set of proven chemical sources for biological communities, and because it backs up theories on how the available energy for metabolism help define the biological possibilities in a....
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19
Aug 2011

Belated Countdown…

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I didn’t get to the countdown yesterday, as I fell asleep reading grant proposals. Something tells me that might happen again in the near future. So if I miss a night, that’s why. Anyways, on to yesterday’s countdown… 3… I don’t think many people in the public sphere are aware of the personal sacrifices made by those pursuing an academic career. And I don’t think scientists talk about these things enough amongst ourselves. Well, there was an interesting article published....
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Aug 2011

The Countdown 8/4/2011

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Just submitted my abstract to the 2011 Fall AGU meeting… with two minutes to spare! Now I’m celebrating the traditional AGU way: a really hoppy beer… as well as the “new” AGU way: a blog post!! 3… In today’s issue of Science, there was a wonderfully-written review on the future of seawater desalination. Future water shortages could be the most under-reported and under-appreciated environmental issue we face. But when you tell someone that, the initial response is something like: “But....
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Aug 2011

The Countdown 8/1/2011

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Just finished an interesting suite of model runs before typing this up quickly and heading to bed… 3… Mark your calendars! AbSciCon 2012 will be held April 16-20, 2012 in Atlanta, GA…. 2… SpaceX has its eyes set on Mars. Compelling vision, to be sure. But let’s get our astronauts safely to the ISS and home again first, OK?… 1… That’s no moon…. The Dawn team released stunning photos of Vesta today… there will be some excellent science coming out....
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