• Cosmos Liveblog, Episode 2: “Some of The Things that Molecules Do”

    So... based on the title I'm expecting some chemistry. And maybe some biochemistry. And maybe some astrochemistry. Hopefully some geochemistry. But definitely some chemistry. Wait. Does that sound boring? I'm expecting some SCIENCE! (With a dab of chemistry.) I'm going to try to liveblog via Twitter this week. Follow along here or @shawndgoldman. :-)
  • 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