As the winter rains move in to Bay Area and the days get shorter, SETI Institute scientists are still keeping busy. They continue to unravel more puzzles about our local celestial neighbors, as well as other worlds many light-years away. Every day, researchers at the SETI Institute are expanding both our knowledge and understanding in the quest to find life beyond Earth.
This work includes publications in peer-reviewed journals, research presentations and speaking engagements, technical reports, intellectual property filings, and more.
As part of our outreach commitment to share the Institute’s science and research, we present our monthly “Activity Report of the Carl Sagan Center” which catalogs the work of our scientists.
In the October 2016 report, among the numerous publications you will see, “Aeolian dune sediment flux heterogeneity in Meridiani Planum, Mars,” accepted by Aeolian Research; “Biomarkers and metabolic patterns in the sediments and evolving glacial lakes as a proxy for planetary lake exploration,” published in Astrobiology; and “Xeropreservation of functionalized lipid biomarkers in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert,” revealed in Organic Chemistry.
Also in this report you will see ongoing participation by SETI Institute scientists at conferences and events, including sending several scientists to attend and present at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2016, which was held jointly with the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) in Pasadena, California.
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