Origins of Structure in Planetary Systems

Ruth Murray-Clay's SETI Talk on Tuesday February 21, 2017. Observations confirm that planet formation is a ubiquitous process that produces a diversity of planetary systems.
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  • Ruth Murray-Clay's SETI Talk on Tuesday February 21, 2017. Observations confirm that planet formation is a ubiquitous process that produces a diversity of planetary systems.

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  • Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet

    Obesity, diabetes, heart disease … maybe even Alzheimer’s. Could these modern scourges be caused by sugar? A journalist says there’s evidence suggesting they are. Also, how the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists a half-century ago to do research suggesting that sugar was OK, but dietary fat was dangerous.

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    Broadcast on Feb. 23 on Facebook. The SETI Institute discusses Feb. 22 exoplanet announcement from NASA.

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    It was 1939, and the storm of history’s greatest conflict was gathering on the European continent. The situation for Britain was ominous.

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    It’s a dim bulb of a star, but its weak light may fall on living beings. Trappist 1, a red dwarf star that’s a short 39 light-years’ distant, is hitting the headlines again.

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  • Tim Goudge's SETI Talk on Tuesday February 14, 2017. Decades of planetary exploration have revealed widespread evidence for ancient fluvial activity on the surface of Mars, including deeply incised valleys, paleolake basins, and an extensive sedimentary rock record.

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  • Phil Nicholson from Cornell University gave SETI Talk on Tuesday February 07, 2017. Chance observations of stars as they pass behind planets have provided some of our most valuable data on the structure of planetary ring systems, beginning with the discovery of the uranian rings with the Kuiper Airborne Observatory in 1977.

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  • Christopher McKee's SETI Talk on Tuesday January 31, 2017. Stars are the atoms of the universe. The process by which stars form is at the nexus of astrophysics since they are believed to be responsible for the re-ionization of the universe...

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  • Barry Welsh's SETI Talk was on Tuesday January 23, 2017. Minor bodies such as Kuiper Belt objects, comets, and asteroids constitute the rocky and icy debris left over from the planet building phase of our solar system.

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  • Norm Sleep's SETI Talk on Tuesday January 10, 2017. Asteroid impacts were a hazard to any life on the Hadean Earth. A traditional approach to geochemical models of the asteroid impactors uses the concentration of highly siderophile elements including the Pt-group in the silicate Earth.

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News and Announcements

  Why Are Only Americans Interested in the Hunt for Extraterrestrials?
Why Only Americans Are Interested in the Hunt for Alien Life? Seth Shostak writes about the idea for NBC’s mach/space page.
  The International Space Orchestra, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists, is releasing a cover of Sigur Rós’ Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása.
As part of the festive season, The International Space Orchestra offer covers of Sigur Rós’ song Viðrar vel til loftárása, produced by Sigur Rós with long-term collaborator musician Alex Somers, and performed by the International Space Orchestra.
  Are the Salad Days for Intelligence Still to Come?
Could it be that Homo sapiens is the first intelligent species in the cosmos? Given the number of planets now known to pepper space, that seems unlikely. Seth Shostak writes about the idea for NBC’s tech/science page.
  Take Me to Your Artist
SETI Institute artists are being inspired by our search for alien life.
  NASA Kepler Visionary Honored By American Association for the Advancement of Science
William J. Borucki, principal investigator for NASA's Kepler mission at the agency's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, has been named a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  The Life, The Sea, The Space Viking Sigur Ros (Jónsi, Orri Páll Dýrason, Georg Hólm), the whispering muse in Iceland
The Last part of The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking. Nelly discusses the soundtrack to the expedition The Life, The Sea and the Space Viking with the Icelandic band Sigur Ros.
  Dec 14 - Nathalie Cabrol presents the Sagan Lecture at AGU 2016
On Wednesday December 14, at 10:25 AM PST, Nathalie Cabrol will be presenting this year's Sagan Lecture at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
  Arrival: Squid Pro Quo
Who speaks for Earth? If scientists ever succeed in making contact with extraterrestrial beings, who gets to steer the conversation? Indeed, how do we even have a conversation? Despite what Gene Roddenberry told you, any real aliens’ command of English will be meager.
  The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Dr. Kári Stefánsson at Decode in Iceland, the search for the Viking gene
Part 7 of The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking. Join Nelly as she meets with Kari Stefansson the president and founder of Decode Genetics. Nelly and Kari plot to specify and define the Viking Gene.
  The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Dr. Jill Tarter and the SETI Institute and research
Part 6 of The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking. Our latest clip enables you to enter Dr. Jill Tarters world of the SETI Institue and research. Jill describes the SETI Institutes search for life on other planets.

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