• The Sense of Place: an Astrobiological Point of View on the 2014 Physiology Nobel Prize

    Okay, stay with me, guys. I’m about to say something you might not like…

    How incredibly fortuitous that the announcement of the Physiology Nobel Prize happened during Mercury Retrograde!


    Hear me out! This is going to take a minute…

    In case you aren’t familiar with John O’Keefe and his fellow 2014 Physiology Nobel Laureates (and former post-docs) May-Britt and Edvard Moser this trio earned the prize for their discovery of cells in the brain that store and recall location and navigation information.

    Back in the early 1970s John O’Keefe found that their were collections of

  • Greetings from your new blogger, pretty much the same as your old blogger…

    Hey All! I’m excited Shawn has invited me to share my thoughts on life, love, and the search for both in the Unvierse. I’m going to kick off my time here on this blog with some thoughts and reviews on the recent 2014 Nobel prizes from the astrobiology point of view. Be looking for the first one real soon!



  • SAGANet is looking for science mentors! We need YOU!

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    It’s fall. Imagine yourself in elementary school. You’re waiting at the bus stop with your Ninja Turtle back pack, No. 2 pencils, trapper keeper, and reebok pumps. Oh yeah. You were ready (or at least I’ve totally dated myself). Judging as you are now reading this blog, I imagine you are a scientist or a science enthusiast. Something along your journey through adolescence (perhaps a parent, teacher, tv show, a piece of art…etc) had sparked your interest in science, most likely around the time of middle school

  • #TBT #Astrobiology a new look at an old meme

    It’s thursday, and everyone is posting hilarious old-skool photos of their former awkward selves and it’s AH-MAZING! Here at PaleBlueBlog, we thought we should science up this weekly social media event by sharing some of our favorite science related memes.

    Remember when these were a thing?!

    #TBT #AstrobiologyThis one was created by yours truly, Julia DeMarines (<– click for awkward TBT).

    Happy Thursday everyone!




  • This is the new blog. Same as the old blog.

    Hi, everyone. Shawn here. So, since I moved into our new house I haven’t been blogging much. Or at all. And when I look in the mirror, this is who I see:

    So I’m bringing some awesome friends into the blog, as co-lead people, to help generate more content. Let me introduce you all to them.

    First up, we have Julia DeMarines (@LifeNSpace). Julia has some great blogging chops, having been the official blogger for two science ocean drilling cruises (aboard the vessels JOIDES Resolution: Expedition 350, and the