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Imagining Your Future: Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop

NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) will host a community workshop at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC on February 27–28 and March 1, 2017.
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    NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) will host a community workshop at NASA headquarters in Washington, DC on February 27–28 and March 1, 2017.

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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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    Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet
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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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