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report april 2016
Activity Report of the SETI Institute - April 2016
Every day, researchers at the SETI Institute are expanding mankind’s knowledge and understanding in the search for life beyond Earth. Their work includes publication in peer-reviewed journals, research presentations and speaking engagements, technical reports, intellectual property filings and more. As part of their outreach and commitment to share the Institute’s science and research, we are posting our monthly “Activity Report of the Carl Sagan Center” which catalogs the work of our scientists.
ATA observing now
We’re Searching Now!
SETI Institute engineer and observer Jon Richards has crafted a real-time, information-rich web site that is the next-best thing to driving to the Cascade Mountains. You get several video views of the Array’s 42 antennas as they pirouette across the heavens hunting for alien transmissions, and a sky map pinpointing which star system is getting our attention.
shoreline stand and Tsunami deposites
Evidence for Tsunamis in an Ancient Martian Ocean and the Search for Habitable Environments
Early in its geological history, Mars was thought to have experienced massive outpourings of ground water that erupted from beneath an ice-rich permafrost, carving the enormous flood channels still seen today, and inundating large regions of the northern plains to form an ocean.
saturn rings
How Old Are Saturn’s Rings?
For decades, there has been vigorous debate about the age of Saturn’s rings. Are they as old as the planet, or are they relatively new and we’re just lucky to be around at the same time as they are?
Water on Mars May 26, 2016
CLUE TO MARS’ CLIMATE HISTORY: POLAR CAP SLOWLY BUILDING
A science team led by Adrian Brown of the SETI Institute has measured the seasonal changes in Mars northern ice cap, and finds a net deposition each year that’s slightly more than the thickness of a human hair.
congratulations to Dr Janice Bishop
SETI’s Dr. Janice Bishop Wins Award for Clay Science Research on Mars
SETI Institute researcher Dr. Janice Bishop has been awarded the prestigious Jackson Mid-Career Clay Scientist Award for her work identifying clays on Mars. She will be giving an invited lecture at the 53rd Annual Clay Minerals Society meeting in Atlanta, GA, June 6th, 2016.
baycon 2016
SETI Institute at Baycon 2016
Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30, 2016 in San Mateo, California. BayCon is the San Francisco Bay Area's main science fiction and fantasy convention Join SETI Institute Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak, Research scientist Michael Busch and SETI Institute Trustee Andrew Fraknoi for a weekend of science fiction fun.
clay
New Hints at a Kinder, Gentler World
That there’s water on Mars – mostly in the form of ice – has been known since the discovery of the planet’s prominent polar caps.
Dryland Habitats
Identifying Regions on Mars for Past Life Signs
Mars has been a frozen desert for billions of years. Any evidence of life near the surface will likely be fossilized and probably damaged, thus making it very difficult to recognize. If life ever evolved on Mars, there is a real possibility that the last surface ecosystems occupied land habitats, not aquatic ones. Those “last outposts” could contain the best-preserved evidence of past life on the planet.
Dust devil
A Martian Dustup
By studying and comparing how dust is lofted and transported on Earth and Mars, we can gain insight into how best to study this material, and understand how it can affect our lives.

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