Weekly Digest March 21, 2014

extra solar planetPatterns of Sunlight on Extra-Solar Planets
Exoplanets discovered to date show a wide range of orbital eccentricities; the angles between their spin equators and orbital planes are still quite unknown, but these "obliquities'' may range widely as well.

Dolphin with lightbulb-as-ideaBig Picture Science Radio Show - You Think You're So Smart
Sure you have a big brain; it's the hallmark of Homo sapiens. But that doesn't mean that you've cornered the market on intelligence. Michael Pollan on the surprising and spooky cleverness of plants.

contact-conferenceCome to the CONTACT conference, March 21 - 23, 2014
CONTACT is a unique interdisciplinary conference which brings together some of the foremost international social and space scientists, science fiction writers and artists to exchange ideas, stimulate new perspectives and encourage serious, creative speculation about humanity's future.

mars fest logoJoin us for MarsFest, March 28 - 30 2014
Death Valley National Park has several planetary analog research sites within its boundaries, and is excited to share this little known, but extremely important, use of our public land.

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