Tag: astrobiology

SETI: Searching for Planets in Alpha Centauri

SETI: Searching for Planets in Alpha Centauri

| November 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The famous alpha Centauri system — one of our nearest neighbors in space — happens to be one of the best targets for exoplanet search. In this talk Michael Endl, a research scientist at the University of Texas, will review past and current planet search efforts that targeted the alpha Centauri system. In addition, he […]

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TEDx: Are We Alone?

TEDx: Are We Alone?

| August 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Drake equation quantifies the probabilistic argument that gives the approximate number of active extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy or the whole Universe. At its original form Drake equation has 7 factors, including the average star formation rate, the fraction of stars that have planets, the number of planets per star and others. Even though […]

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SETI: It’s Life Jim, But Not As We Know It

SETI: It’s Life Jim, But Not As We Know It

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here we have another great talk recently released by SETI. Jason W. Barnes presents a rather unorthodox set of ideas regarding the validity of the conditions required to be present for life to form on exoplanets. As Barnes discusses, the prerequisites for life are thought to be: (1) a liquid solvent; (2) chemical building blocks; […]

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Alien Life: How Close Are We to Finding It?

Alien Life: How Close Are We to Finding It?

| August 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this presentation from the World Science Festival Paul Davies, Sara Seager, Jack Szostak, and other experts discuss the progress in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The search for alien life encompasses many branches of science such as astronomy, biology, geophysics, astrophysics and mathematics. For this reason, a number of leading experts in the mentioned fields […]

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Open Course on Astrobiology (Edinburgh University)

Open Course on Astrobiology (Edinburgh University)

| July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of my favourite courses among those offered freely to the public at the University of Edinburgh is Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life  by Prof Charles Cockell. It is a free course that is split into weekly sessions focusing on the basics of astrobiology. The course has no pre-requisites making this a perfect course […]

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SETI: Water Vapor on Europa

SETI: Water Vapor on Europa

| July 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this SETI talk Lorenz Roth will present his work on the vapor plumes found on Europa. Vapor on Europa has long been speculated and could possibly provide accessibility of subsurface liquid reservoirs. Possible evidence for this scenario was obtained by the images of auroral emissions obtained in December 2012 by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which […]

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5 Free Astrobiology Books

5 Free Astrobiology Books

| July 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the most exciting fields in the last decade or so has been astrobiology. With an advent of new observational techniques, which enable scientists to find hundreds of exoplanets in distant stellar systems, experts are now asking questions of what those detected planets might look like. This is where astrobiology — a science field […]

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TED: The Flower-Shaped Starshade

TED: The Flower-Shaped Starshade

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this recent TED talk Jeremy Kasdin, the  Principal Investigator for the Princeton Terrestrial Planet Finder, discusses a revolutionary starshade that could be used for detecting Earth-like planets. In particular, the flower petal-shaped starshade that Jeremy Kasdin and his colleagues are working on, will allow a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. As one might […]

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