Astrobiology

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Kepler confirms first exoplanet in habitable region – the exopolitical impact

December 5, 2011
Kepler confirms first exoplanet in habitable region – the exopolitical impact

Michael E. Salla, Ph.D. It’s official – an earth-like planet in the habitable region of a distant solar system has just been confirmed to exist. The planet, Kepler-22b, sits in the so-called Goldilocks region of a solar system where it is neither too hot nor too cold for hosting life as we know it. Scientists […]

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Scientists endorse study of societal consequences of extraterrestrial life

January 10, 2011
Scientists endorse study of societal consequences of extraterrestrial life

Michael E. Salla, Ph.D. The proceedings of a scientific conference that studied the societal consequences of extraterrestrial life has just been released. Organized and hosted by the Royal Society in October 2010, the conference was titled, “The detection of extra-terrestrial life and the consequences for science and society.” The conference received wide international attention when […]

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Report on Royal Society Conference on Extra-Terrestrial Life

October 11, 2010
Report on Royal Society Conference on Extra-Terrestrial Life

This beautiful Georgian country house, set in 80 acres, oozing tranquillity, was an idyllic and suitably impressive location for the grand theme of the Royal Society’s satellite meeting on the 4th and 5th of October 2010, organised by Dr Martin Dominik, University of St Andrews and Professor John Zarnecki, from The Open University. Speakers and […]

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Astronomers announce first exoplanet with potential to support life

September 30, 2010

In the following video, Steven Vogt of the University of California, Santa Cruz and University of California Observatories and Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington join National Science Foundation’s Lisa-Joy Zgorski to announce the discovery of the first exoplanet that has the potential to support life. The exoplanet was found in the star […]

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Princeton University astrobiology certificate explores potential for extraterrestrial life

September 21, 2010
Princeton University astrobiology certificate explores potential for extraterrestrial life

Michael E. Salla, Ph.D. Princeton University has just announced a “Planets and Life” Certificate program in astrobiology that offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the possibility of extraterrestrial life existing throughout the universe. Astrobiology, or ‘exobiology’ as it first developed, is a scientific discipline that by definition is interested in the biology of life beyond […]

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Galaxy is rich in small, Earth-like planets

July 25, 2010

Video has recently emerged of a speech by Professor Dimitar Sasselov, Harvard astronomer and co-investigator of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, where he declared that the "Galaxy is rich in small, Earth-like planets." His speech was given at a Technology Entertainment and Design conference at Oxford University in mid-July where speakers are limited to 18 minutes […]

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