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 Stephen Hawking is light years from the truth about ‘dangerous aliens’
The physicist Stephen Hawking is convinced that intelligent extraterrestrials populate space, a view shared by many scientists. But his ruminations on this prospect have shifted from the aliens’ existence to their deportment. Maybe they’re dangerous.
  ISO International Space Orchestra - 17500 people were there!
Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists – the International Space Orchestra (ISO) - is coming together to perform as the supporting act to Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl
  Meteor passes near to Allen Telescope Array
SETI Institute astronomer Peter Jenniskens notes that a very bright meteor, a so-called fireball, was seen in the vicinity of the Allen Telescope Array on Thursday, September 15 at about 7:48 pm local time.
  The International Space Orchestra perform with Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 24th
The International Space Orchestra will perform with Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 24th. To celebrate the event the SETI Institute, Icelandic band Sigur Rós and Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios are running a competition to win one of 25 signed patches.
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Executive Assistant
The SETI Institute is seeking an Executive Assistant to provide high level administrative support to the President/CEO, and the Management team.
  Orbiter Detects Changing Climate on Early Mars
The early Martian climate remains hotly debated by scientists because the surface mineralogy and morphology indicate abundant liquid water was present, while atmospheric modeling is challenged to create conditions supportive of liquid water on the surface of early Mars.
  Let’s be careful about this “SETI” signal
Several readers have contacted me recently about reports that a group of international astronomers have detected a strong signal coming from a distant star that could be a sign of a high-technology civilization.
  Hear me now? 'Strong signal' from sun-like star sparks alien speculation - CNN news
An international team of researchers is now examining the radio signal and its star, HD 164595 -- described in a paper by Italian astronomer Claudio Maccone and others as a "strong candidate for SETI" -- in the hopes of determining its origin.
  SETI is hopeful yet skeptical that Russians found aliens - SETI Talks in Aug 30, 2016
The world of astronomy lit up in the past couple of days with a report that Russian astronomers may have received a signal from a distant star.
  September 24, 2016 - International Space Orchestra and Sigur Ros
Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists – the International Space Orchestra (ISO) - is coming together to perform as the supporting act to Sigur Rós at the Hollywood Bowl on 24th September 2016, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

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