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Big Picture Science Radio Show - This Land is Island

There are many kinds of islands. There’s your iconic sandy speck of land topped with a palm tree, but there’s also our home planet – an island in the vast seas of space. You might think of yourself as a biological island … until you tally the number of microbes living outside – and inside – your body. We explore various island themes.
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  • There are many kinds of islands. There’s your iconic sandy speck of land topped with a palm tree, but there’s also our home planet – an island in the vast seas of space. You might think of yourself as a biological island … until you tally the number of microbes living outside – and inside – your body. We explore various island themes.

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  • NASA has issued an image advisory for a newly-processed global color view of Europa, our best such view ever and likely the best view we will have until a dedicated spacecraft returns to Europa sometime in the future. This image was produced by a team from the SETI Institute over the course of several months.

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  • Today, NASA bestowed honors on SETI Institute scientists and educators, both as individuals and as members of research teams, citing their outstanding efforts on behalf of science, outreach and education.

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  • In addition to its planet-finding capabilities, the Kepler data may also be used to study other questions of astrobiological interest, including the quantification of the stellar flare rate, which influences planetary habitability through its influence on atmospheric photochemistry and escape; and the detection of anomalous stellar variability as a form of signal-agnostic optical SETI.

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  • Learn more about the historic landing of ESA's Rosetta Philae lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by attending our two SETI Talks lectures on December 9th and December 16th.

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  • What do you say to a space alien? This question might not be the foremost puzzle in your life, but it was the subject of a lively two-day conference at California's SETI Institute this week.

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  • Would humans be able to decode information-rich signals from another planet? Could we create a “universal language” that would be meaningful to an independently evolved civilization?

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  • November 2014 may well be remembered as the time when humanity first landed a robotic probe on the nucleus of a comet. Fittingly, the mission that accomplished this remarkable feat is called "Rosetta."

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  • SETI Institute scientist Matija Cuk has received the highest honor for a young planetary scientist from the American Astronomical Society.

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  • SETI Institute meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens found one of the first and one of the most unusual of the Sutter's Mill meteorites that fell on April 22nd, 2012 in California's Gold Country. Now, these scientists report their results in 13 papers in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science.

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