Geology is Destiny

Big Picture Science Radio show - Geology is Destiny

Geology is big history. If the Ice Age had been a bit warmer, the U.S. might have only 13 states. But humanity has introduced its own geologic era, the Anthropocene. Will our descendants dig up our plastic refuse to study it the way we study dinosaur bones? Also, a new study of the dodo bird shows that its extinction was due to habitat problems, not low IQ.
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Life on Mars: If Past Life on Mars Existed, it Co-evolved with the Martian Environment
A new article in Astrobiology, “The Coevolution of Life and Environment on Mars: An Ecosystem Perspective on the Robotic Exploration of Biosignatures,” is available online today and in the January, 2018 issue.
December 18, 2017
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Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - Dec 4 – Dec 10, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
December 15, 2017
November activity report
Carl Sagan Center Activity Report November 2017
Carl Sagan Center Activity Report for November 2017
December 15, 2017

Geminids Meteor shower Dec. 12 -15, 2017
Be on the lookout for the Geminids meteor shower, it should be visible from December 12-15, peaking on the 13th.
December 12, 2017
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Applications to the Research Experience for Undergraduates at the SETI Institute are Now Open!
The application process for the SETI Institute’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is now open, and the application deadline is February 1, 2018.
December 11, 2017
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Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - Nov 27 – Dec 3, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
December 08, 2017

News and Announcements

  The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking, Searching for Extremophiles
Part 2 of The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking. You meet Bill Diamond, President and CEO at SETI Institute, Dr Dale Andersen, Senior Research Scientist, SETI Institute and Dr Penny Boston, Director for Astrobiology Institute, NASA.
  MAKING CONTACT: SETI Artists in Residence Program Inaugural Group Show at NUMU Los Gatos thru March 5th, 2017.
SETI AIR SHOW: Fri, Oct 28, 2016, 11:00am – Sun, Mar 5, 2017, 5:00pm . This group exhibition features artists from the SETI Artist in Residence (AIR) program.
  The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking, trailers released
In the coming weeks, the SETI Institute will release some of the short videos and trailers developed in house at the SETI Institute by our Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun as part of the project The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking which deals with the contemporary debates on astrobiology and terraforming.
  New Horizons: Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target is Reddish
The next target for NASA’s New Horizons mission -- which made a historic flight past Pluto in July 2015 -- apparently bears a colorful resemblance to its famous, main destination.
  SETI Institute Scientists Head to the 48th Annual DPS Meeting
The following is a list of posters and presentations by SETI Institute scientists attending the DPS meeting in Pasadena, CA, October 16-21, 2016.
  Free "Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes" Talk on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016.
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 at 7 pm, Dr. Lynn Cominsky of Sonoma State University will give a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on: “Spacetime Symphony: Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes” in the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College, in Los Altos. The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, now in its 17th year.
  October 5 - outburst of October Camelopardalids
The dust trail of an unknown long-period comet wandered in Earth's path on October 5.
  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.

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