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A Rock With His Name On It

Mark Showalter, an Institute astronomer whose discoveries include faint rings around Jupiter and Uranus, as well as six moons orbiting the outer planets, has finally acquired a solar system object that’s named after him.
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  • Mark Showalter, an Institute astronomer whose discoveries include faint rings around Jupiter and Uranus, as well as six moons orbiting the outer planets, has finally acquired a solar system object that’s named after him.

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  • Girls Go To Mars (GGTM) is a set of activities designed to engage middle school girls in hands-on science. GGTM introduces NASA’s MAVEN Mission, which reached Mars on September 21

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  • From memory storage to self-healing materials to stem cells - creative approaches to capturing things are they were. Plus, the arrow of time in reverse.

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  • This talk focuses on studies of University Valley as a Mars analog for periglacial morphology and ice stability. Dr. Heldmann discusses observations revealing a unique trend as the depth to ice-cemented ground varies linearly from near zero at the head of the valley to over 80 cm deep 1.5 km away at the valley mouth.

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  • September 18 - 19, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EDT) SETI Institute scientists to take part in the second annual astrobiology symposium in Washington D.C.

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  • September 19, 9am-12pm, EDT.

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  • The SETI Institute, the world’s only organization dedicated to researching the origin and nature of life in the universe, has today announced SETI-JAM, the first game development jam to utilize SETI Institute research findings, data, and input from key scientists.

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  • Elisa Quintana discusses the methods of combining ground-based observations with transit modeling to confirm the Kepler-186f system, and presents her team's theoretical studies on the formation and habitability of this planet. They also present updates on several promising multi-planet systems that have Earth-sized, and possibly sub-Earth-sized, candidates in the habitable zones of cool low-mass stars in the Kepler field-of-view.

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  • There is an ongoing drama in the Saturnian ring system that causes small moons to be born and then destroyed on time scales that are but an eyeblink in the history of the solar system. SETI Institute scientists Robert French and Mark Showalter have examined photos made by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft of Saturn’s F ring, and compared them to 30 year-old pictures made by the Voyager mission. They think they understand why the photos seem so different: There is a never-ending process that both produces and destroys small moons.

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  • The discovery of the Higgs boson at the CERN Large Hadron Collider poses new challenges to our understanding of basic quantum physics. We appear to live in a universe that is slightly unstable and will eventually decay catastrophically.

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