Astrobiology

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  • Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence By Seth Shostak

    In late August, the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute revealed that they had detected a strange signal that was 94 light years away from Earth. During the time of the signal’s discovery, senior astronomer for SETI, Seth Shostak, could only describe the signal as “interesting”. However, he rhetorically asks, “Could it be another society sending a signal our way?” Shostak, like many other scientists who had heard about the mysterious SETI signal, had hoped for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth and its atmosphere. As it turned out, the signal was nothing more than interference from a military satellite. While the signal turned out to be a false alarm, it brings into question whether the benefits of an interaction with intelligent, extraterrestrial life outweigh the negative implications that come with meeting a vastly different group of individuals. The debate about whether there should be an active attempt to communicate with intelligent extraterrestrials is popular. However, I hope to introduce the discussion about why “differences” between two species would prevent the two communities from interacting. To add some context to my question, the interactions possible between Earth and an extraterrestrial colony can be compared to two different countries meeting together for the first time. In a good scenario, the two countries each have information that they can exchange, and that will benefit the other country. One country will learn how to grow…

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  • Edward M. Goolish

    Edward M. Goolish is an astrobiologist and the Deputy Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, which is a position that he has held for many years ever since 2006. He has served N.A.I. (NASA Astrobiology Institute) or about six years, and he has been the Assistant director for research from February 1, 2013 to August 11, 2014. In 1994, Goolish came to Ames Research Center to conduct research on how the small forces within space can change aquatic organisms, vertebrates and behaviors. He…

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  • Is Pluto A Planet? By Graham Rax: Source Analysis

    Klahr Hubert, Brandner Wolfgang, Jakosky Bruce. These three people are positively expert of Astronomy, especially Jakosky Bruce, the leader of the University of Colorado at Boulder team within the NASA Astrobiology institute, has authority to define the planet and his book the extremely high credibility. In this powerful resource, we can find some really interesting facts of the dwarf planet: The dwarf planets are usually less massive than planets, with an irregular orbit around the star. This…

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  • Paleontology Research Paper

    Harvard has multiple departments including paleoentomology, analytical paleontology, geobiology, and astrobiology. The University of Chicago paleontology science it is one of the most important classes one year they went on a field trip to discover and study new fossil digging site and rock samples. The class have the chance to have a hands on education a fossil is just not the finding of dinosaur bones, it’s the study of different history of different things. Everything we thought we know about…

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  • Neuroscience Personal Statement

    spent my teenage years educating and broadening my intellect on different fields from Elizabethan literature to astronomy, even building my own small home-made telescope! The truth is, the moment I encountered knowledge, experimentation and creation I felt that everything in this world can be objectively explained and quantified by connecting the different branches of knowledge. But such view seemed far fetched the moment I received my first school timetable in which each subject seemed to…

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  • Biological Big Bang Theory

    But the appearance of life abruptly without an originator, centers on three different basic questions: Was there really a massive diversification of compound organisms in such a short time during the early Cambrian? What really was the cause of this quick evolution? And what was the point towards the animal life origin? Finding answers to these questions is a bit hard due to insufficient availability of evidence, centered mostly on partial fossil record and few Cambrian rocks which have chemical…

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