• The Next Full Moon is the Worm/Crow/Crust/Sap/Sugar/Lenten Moon

    Hey everyone! Shawn here, with Gordon Johnston's post on the next full moon and everything else happening until then for you to keep your eyes on. I'm in the middle of a busy week, so our next post will likely be the liveblog of the next Cosmos episode on Sudnay evening. Until then... check out
  • Cosmos Liveblog Week 1: “Standing Up in the Milky Way”

    Hey everyone! We're working on ramping up new content for Paleblue.blog, and part of that effort will be live-blogging about episodes from the new series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. I'll try to give my thoughts and - when I have them - insights to the astrobiology community that has led to some of the discoveries the
  • “Wait til’ next year.”

    Here are my thoughts after my most recent proposal rejection. A lot of this comes from my time at NASA Headquarters, watching program managers run their review panels to maximize the usefulness of the summary reviews. 1. Your review will inherently feel like a 1-way conversation, but that is an illusion. The most helpful comments, constructive
  • The Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon

    Shawn here... I'm still buried in a nightmare of a paper. But it's almost done and I promise (no, really!) that I'll be blogging more once that's in press. But I can't justify spending more time on blogging while a critical paper is so close to being finished. The problem is it's been that close
  • Gather Ye Data While Ye May

    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