Want to reach for the stars? Sometimes one gets a sinking feeling. Here we are on the cusp of so very many things in science, from finding other Earths, to understanding the extraordinary organisms right under our noses, and even detecting the fundamental particles that help build all that we see...
[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...
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...
Astronomical Clock in Prague (Maros Mraz) Sitting below the swirling leaves and darkening skies of New York today I realized that yet again our planet is roaring up on perihelion at 30 kilometers a second...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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