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On Defense
Big Picture Science Radio show - On Defense
The military is a dangerous calling, but researchers are trying to make it safer for troops. Writer Mary Roach investigates how scientists work to protect soldiers from foes like heat, noise, and fatigue, and how bad odors were once considered a secret weapon. Also, the ancient history of camouflage and the innate chemical defense system that protects you.
mars
Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - Sept 25 - October 1, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
September 15, 2017

Sputnik’s Birthday
It was the size of a fitness ball, but its effect was bigger than any bomb. Sixty years ago, on October 4, 1957, the world awoke to learn that the Soviet Union had launched a satellite into orbit – the first to do so. Sputnik 1 was nearly two-feet in diameter and weighed as much as a middle-aged insurance salesman. Most people were stunned.
October 03, 2017
AAA's group photo
NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Update
Seven NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) and two district liaisons traveled to Palmdale for their SOFIA flight week experience.
September 27, 2017
Skeptic Check: Aliens - The Evidence
Big Picture Science Radio show - Aliens - The Evidence
In the new film, Arrival, extraterrestrials once again pay Earth a visit. But many believe the aliens are already here. How good is the evidence? And what is the chance that experiments to eavesdrop on distant alien societies might succeed. Also, could aliens be behind the bizarre behavior of two star systems now making the news?

Carl Sagan Center Activity Report August 2017
Carl Sagan Center Activity Report for August 2017
June 22, 2017

News and Announcements

  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.
  The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Dr Chris MacKay talking about terraforming
Part 5 of The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking: Chris McKay a research scientist from NASA Ames Research Centre expounds his interest in life on other planets, particularly Mars to Nelly.
  The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Dr Nathalie Cabrol and the Licancabur Lake in Chile
Part 4 of The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking: This clip introduces us to Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Carl Sagan Center. Nathalie explains how she travels to extreme places such as the Licancabur Lake at 5900m elevation in Chile, in order to study them and work out what makes a planet or moon habitable.
  The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Liz Taylor + Dr. Sylvia Earle at the DOER Marine
Part 3 of The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking. You will meet with Dr. Sylvia Earle and her daughter Liz Taylor. Sylvia, an ocean explorer introduces us to extremophiles from a human perspective. Liz Taylor discusses with Nelly the Doer Marine Submersibles and how they would fit the Space Viking Mission.

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