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Life, Unbounded

Life, Unbounded

Discussion and news about planets, exoplanets, and astrobiology

Jovian Attraction

Life, Unbounded is preparing a series of posts on exoplanets, one a day for five days - this planetary menagerie will contain some of the most fascinating, but unsung, "heroes" of exoplanetary science ...

November 21, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf

Want to Go to the Stars? First You Must Stand With Science

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...

November 10, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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