Highlights from NAI E/PO Projects
Out of billions of galaxies and billions of stars, how do we find Earth-like habitable worlds? What is essential to support life as we know it? In this TED Ed video, astrobiologist Ariel Anbar provides a checklist for finding life on other planets.
Source: [TED Ed]
In this edition of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, Montana State’s John Priscu from NAI’s Icy Worlds team discusses how life under two and a half miles of ice in the Antarctic is providing clues to how life might exist on Europa. The clip begins at roughly 6:40, right after the mentally-controlled skateboard!
Source: [Discovery Channel]
Join John Delano for a new astrobiology talk from TEDx Albany entitled, Is Anyone Else Out There? A survey of astrobiology research topics masterfully conveyed as a “story of us,” the talk ranges from the manufacture of organic molecules in space to extrasolar planets, to hyperthermophilichemolithoautotrophs!
Dr. Delano is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany (State University of New York), and is the Associate Director of the NAI’s New York Center for Astrobiology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of 60 scientific...
Source: [TEDx Albany]
Beyond the Edge of the Sea is a breath-taking exhibit consisting of hand-drawn scientific illustrations from hydrothermal vents experienced first hand by scientist Cindy Van Dover and artist Karen Jacobsen. Making its debut in Madison, WI recently, the exhibit was joined by these two collaborators and local residents reaped the benefits. After the opening reception, Van Dover and Jacobsen joined 350 middle school girls at the Expanding Your Horizons conference, an experience designed to give young women the chance to meet professional women in science. The girls used microscopes to explore and sketch microorganisms found...
When Dr. Eric Boyd of the NASA Astrobiology Institute at Montana State University goes searching for evidence of what extra-terrestrial life might look like, he heads to Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. On Saturday the 24th of September Dr. Boyd was joined by the Webelos of Packs 524 and 552 of Livingston, Montana, with the goal of finding out what life might look like on another planet.
Dr. Boyd began the expedition by explaining some basic background on what Yellowstone is, how the Yellowstone area was formed, and some basic safety instructions on...
On May 31, 2011, Brad McLain and Mike Marlow of the University of Colorado, Denver delivered the first Astrobiology Education and Training (AbET) Seminar, entitled StoryTeaching: An Exploration of the Importance of Story & Narrative in Science Learning. Resources from the seminar can be downloaded here, and the abstract is below.
Humans are natural storytellers. We describe our experiences in terms of story. We...
Born from the zeal of high school teacher Dani Leach in Lakewood, Washington, a new course devoted entirely to astrobiology is underway for students at Lakewood High School. Part of their curriculum included a recent visit to the NAI’s team at the University of Washington where they experienced many aspects of astrobiology research, from hydrothermal vent research to predicting habitability on extrasolar planets. The students can also earn credit for the course through their local community college.