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Life, Unbounded

Life, Unbounded

Discussion and news about planets, exoplanets, and astrobiology

Intelligent Life in the Universe and Steve Jobs

Intelligent Life in the Universe and Steve Jobs

[Every so often Life, Unbounded allows itself a little more speculative leeway, a little bit of armchair musing, this post is very much in that vein, and yes, it was written on a Mac] Exhibit A Like many scientists of my generation the first time I experienced Steve Jobs was through the almost magical interaction with a mouse, a crisply black and white screen, and Mathematica.As a budding astronomer back in the early 1990's most of my computational needs were taken care of by a hulking great machine called a VAX.

October 26, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf
Astrobiology Roundup

Astrobiology Roundup

The Ghost of Astrobiology Past The range of topics relevant to astrobiology is pretty staggering - from microbial populations, chemistry, geo-chemistry, geobiology, climate, non-linear systems, solar system exploration, robotics, planetary science, exoplanets, astrophysics, and even cosmology.

October 21, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf
Alien worlds through iPad eyes

Alien worlds through iPad eyes

Superimposed image of the Milky Way and Australian Aboriginal engraving of 'The Emu In The Sky' (Barnaby Norris) Scientific illustration has a long and noble history, from ancient depictions of celestial forms to Leonardo Da Vinci's extraordinary drawings of anatomy and invention, to the latest computer-generated animation splashed across CNN or - perhaps with more reflective thought - the cinematic screens of the world's great science museums.

October 13, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf
Exomoons ever closer

Exomoons ever closer

On a moon, far, far away... One of the biggest thrills of exoplanetary science is seeing how it combines the new and the old, with every discovery bringing startling perspective on the nature of our own very familiar solar system.

October 4, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf
What next for neutrinos?

What next for neutrinos?

To catch a neutrino (MINOS) For a ghostly type of particle, oblivious to even the massive bulk of a star or planet, neutrinos sure can generate a fuss.

September 30, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf
Superluminal muon-neutrinos? Don't get your hopes up.

Superluminal muon-neutrinos? Don't get your hopes up.

Ghosts in the aether (CERN) The past 24 hours have suddenly been awash in neutrinos, in addition to the 65 billion passing through every square centimeter of your skin every second from the Sun's core.

September 23, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf
Life in liquid carbon dioxide

Life in liquid carbon dioxide

Deep, deep beneath the ocean waves (USGS/NOAA) Well, ok, perhaps it's not life really in liquid carbon dioxide, but as you'll see it's pretty close.

September 20, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf
The Habitable Planets

The Habitable Planets

An imagined habitable planet (Credit ESO/M. Kornmesser) In 1964 Stephen Dole published a hundred and seventy-four page document for a US Air Force project at the RAND corporation in Santa Monica, California.

September 13, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf
Saturn, the movie

Saturn, the movie

This extraordinary excerpt is from an upcoming Imax movie that uses Cassini orbiter imagery (NO computer generated images) to create some stunning flybys and flythroughs of the Saturnian system.

September 8, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf

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