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Using tried and tested methods of constructing habitats from ethnobotanical and ethnozoological useful species for self sustainability on Mars

Posted by Andrew Planet on June 26, 2020 at 8:00am 0 Comments

To maximize crop yields on Mars it would be advantageous to do away with annuals and biannuals by engineering the latter into perennials as standard. Not only would that entail far less work to grow produce as the act of replanting is made obsolete, but per given cultivated area perennials bring forth more food and materials with less demand from the soil than the equivalent of annuals.

Imagine a superfood annual such as lentils engineered into a lentil tree for which there already…

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Free astrobiology webinars for kids, summer 2020

Posted by Julia Brodsky on June 13, 2020 at 12:28pm 0 Comments

This summer, Art of Inquiry hosts free space exploration and astrobiology webinars for middle-school students and their families all over the world.



Here is a list of what was covered so far, as well as an updated schedule of webinars:

The search for life in the Universe, Dr. Alex Tsapin, JPL (retired)

The history of SETI, SETIQuest editor, Larry…

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Radiolysis-powered life

Posted by Andrew Planet on June 11, 2020 at 9:56pm 7 Comments

This paper greatly extends the possibility of what a Goldilocks zone can be.  Its no longer the Goldilocks zone as a single expanse, its the Goldilocks zones for a particular area

https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/pdf/10.1098/rsif.2016.0459

¿Are the Venusian sulphuric acid clouds the by product of long dead anoxogenic photosynthetic organisms?

Posted by Andrew Planet on May 4, 2020 at 2:51pm 2 Comments

I just read the piece at the link below entitled "Study: Life might survive, and thrive, in a hydrogen world."

I'd been thinking on similar lines recently, on different atmospheres with early life, but I was considering anoxogenic bacteria whose byproduct is sulfur instead of molecular oxygen. ¿Had life evolved on Venus could its sulfuric clouds be the signature byproduct of such life with no branches ever evolving to produce the equivalent of Earth's Great…

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The Reading Group now meets on Mondays, 11:30-12:30 PST (10:30-11:30 PST off daylight savings)

Started by Marc Neveu Oct 8, 2016. 0 Replies

The Reading Group now meets on Mondays, 11:30-12:30 PST (10:30-11:30 PST off daylight savings)Continue

4/29/2016 Discussion - Volcanic influences on planetary climates

Started by Marc Neveu Apr 24, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi all,For our final meeting hour of the semester, this Friday from noon to 1 pm PST, we will discuss a fresh new paper (…Continue

4/22/2016 Discussion - Life on free floating planets?

Started by Marc Neveu Apr 19, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi all,This Friday from noon to 1 pm PST, we will discuss we will discuss a pair of short Nature papers on …Continue

4/15/2016 Discussion - Climate cycles on tidally-locked exoplanets

Started by Marc Neveu Apr 12, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi all,This Friday from noon to 1 pm PST, we will discuss this paper (Edson et al. 2012) on…Continue

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