Monthly Archives: October 2011

  • NOVA special on astrobiology… airs TONIGHT!

    There will be a NOVA special on the search for life in the universe……. TONIGHT! Lots of great people on this, including Steve Squyres, Chris McKay, Geoff Marcy, and Jennifer Eigenbrode (a fellow PSU geosciences alum). I can’t wait to see this. Set your DVR’s for 9 PM EST/8 PM CST. Here’s a preview to get you
  • AbSciCon2012 Proposals Due… SATURDAY!

    To the non-scientists reading this blog… apologies for the brief “inside-the-synchrotron” interlude. To my colleagues… get your butts in gear! Session proposals for AbSciCon 2012 are due this week. Because we work in an interdisciplinary field, it is imperative that our meetings be organized from the ground up. Thus, it’s up to us to make
  • Why Astrobiology? (ctd)

    We’ve seen two posts addressing the question “why study astrobiology?”, here and here. My take is very simple. There are three basic questions that any community of self-aware beings will eventually ask themselves, for reasons both practical and profound:
    • How did we get here?
    • Where are we headed?
    • Are we alone?
  • in response to “Why Astrobiology”

    Shawn here: the following is a comment made by Julia DeMarines on Dimitra’s post on “Why Astrobiology.” Betül asked Julia to re-post is as a “” entry… beating me to the punch, as I was going to ask her to do the same thing. Anyways, here’s one good, enthusiastic take on “why astrobiology.” ————————— Betül Arslan (a friend, colleague