With All Our Mites

Big Picture Science Radio Show: With All Our Mites

You can’t see ‘em, but your face is a festival of face mites. And a new study finds that hundreds of different tiny spiders, beetles, make your home their home. Most are harmless, even beneficial. But bed bugs are pests and the sequencing of their genome may help us end their nightly nuisance. So when it comes to bugs, when do we accommodate and when do we attack?
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Previously Featured


Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - November 6 – November 12, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
November 15, 2017
fyberonmars November 14, 2017
NASA HAUGHTON-MARS PROJECT: NEW PARTNERSHIP ON MARS DRONE APPLICATIONS RESEARCH
The Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and FYBR Solutions Inc. (FYBR) are announcing a new partnership with the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) for the research and development of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone technologies and applications for future Mars exploration.
where in the worlds
Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - Oct 23 - Nov 5, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
November 09, 2017

October 2017 SETI Institute Activity Report
This newly expanded activity report covers all work of the SETI Institute to provide a more holistic overview of the impact of our work.
November 09, 2017
eclipse glasses
New Life for Old Eclipse Glasses
This past August, people across the United States were thrilled to witness one of nature’s most breath-taking spectacles – a total eclipse of the sun.
November 08, 2017
aliens
Here's What E.T. Could Actually Look Like
Consider that microbes ruled Earth for three billion years until these highly individualistic organisms could successfully subdue their “me, me, me” lifestyles to join with other cells to make more complex life forms.
November 08, 2017

News and Announcements

  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.
  Aliens on Line 1
We thought we had found E.T.
  Proxima Centauri b: Have we just found Earth’s cousin right on our doorstep?
What began as a tantalizing rumor has just become an astonishing fact. Today a group of thirty-one scientists, led by Guillem Anglada-Escude at the Queen Mary University of London, UK, announced the discovery of a terrestrial exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri.
  SETI Institute is Hiring - Research Assistant
The Research Assistant will be assisting in a variety of projects related to planetary science, Mars exploration and astrobiology. This may include sample preparation and documentation, as well as measurement and analysis of visible/near-infrared reflectance spectra.
  Susan Mullally's Talk - "Kepler’s Heartbeat Stars: When Binary Stars Get Funky" on 16 August 2016
A new talk will be in 16 August 2016, Tuesday, 7:45 PM, Presidio Observation Post, Building 211. "Kepler’s Heartbeat Stars: When Binary Stars Get Funky" by Susan Mullally, PhD, SETI Institute, NASA Ames

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