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Te Ao Mārama – the Centre for Fundamental Inquiry – is an institute based at University of Auckland that exists to promote engagement with deep questions at the University of Auckland and beyond. The institute is interested in simple questions that are hard to answer and which transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries such as Abiogenesis How did life originate from living matter? Astrobiology How is life distributed in the universe and what makes living systems unique? and Multiverse cosmology Was the Big Bang a unique event and are apparently fundamental laws of physics applicable only in “our” universe?
The Chandra X-Ray Observatory has developed a glitch and gone into safe mode. The 19 year old spacecraft is well past it's design life but continues to produce incredible science so hopefully it'll be back to full serviceability very soon.
The aborted launch of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft with Expedition 57 to the International Space Station reminded the world that space flight can still be dangerous. Fortunately both Nick Hague and Alexey Ovchinin return safely to the surface of the Earth.
Riding on Elon Musk’s muscle power earthlings are preparing to invade the Moon again. There they will find that some of its craters have been renamed to honour the Apollo 8 mission, the first to orbit our natural satellite 50 years ago. Venus is hailed by the Parker Solar probe that swings by it, Jupiter’s […]
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The discovery of a piece of geyserite found in a hot springs environment has changed our thinking about the origins of life on earth – and has implications for the search for life on Mars. Fossils discovered by UNSW scientists in 3.48 billion year old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara region of Western Australia have pushed back by 580 million years the earliest known existence of microbial life on land.
BMSIS Scientist Dr. Parag Vaishampayan recently coordinated with Dr. Rebecca Thombre of Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce in Pune, India, to offer the college’s first certificate course in astrobiology. Ten students from the college took this initial course offering, studying topics related to the origin of life, evolution, space exploration, planetary protection, and […]
For the third time since 2016, machine learning experts and space scientists will spend the summer in Silicon Valley working on some of NASA’s most important present day challenges as the part of the NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL). The 8 week long program, which takes place at the SETI Institute, will consider issues ranging […]