Announcing the Biennial European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON)

Our friends at the European Astrobiology Institute have announced the first Biennial European Astrobiology Conference (BEACON)! The conference will take place on La Palma Island, in the Canaries, Spain, from 20 through 24 April 2020. Registration, abstract submission, and accommodation booking are now open for this meeting. It will take place at La Palma & Teneguia Princess Hotel on La Palma Island. The scientific sessions are currently planned to cover the following themes: Formation and Evolution of Planetary Systems and Detection […]

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Dinosaurs in The Delta Quadrant?

Star Trek: Voyager, Science, and Catholicism Guest post by Rebecca Salcedo, one of our current Young Scientist Program (YSP) participants. Rebecca has an undergraduate degree in molecular environmental biology from UC Berkeley and is currently a Masters student in microbiology at San Francisco State University. She’s a current BMSIS YSP at NASA Ames where she’s working with Dr. Alfonso Davila and Dr. Paul Wilburn on a project considering how life could develop and thrive on Mars by studying microbes from the […]

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Astronomy and Space School in Mardin

Guest post by Berfin Dağ, one of our current Young Scientist Program (YSP) participants. This summer, Berfin put together and ran a workshop to teach astronomy in her hometown of Mardin, Turkey. Among their activities were lectures on astronomical topics, a hands-on activity to create a star atlas, and public observing nights. I was very excited to teach astronomy this summer in Mardin, the city where I was born and raised, in the heart of Mesopotamia. This idea has been […]

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RED’ 2019 Astrobiology School Experience

Guest post by Sneha Shirsat, one of our past Young Scientist Program (YSP) participants. This past summer, Sneha took part in the 2019 class of Rencontres Exobiolgiques pour Doctorants (RED’ 2019) at the Réserve Ornithologique du Teich in France! The program offers a weeklong course of training in astrobiology, through lectures, projects, and hands-on training. After a long hiatus from my astrobiology rendezvous in 2015 as part of the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science Young Scientist Program, I ventured […]

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Exploring the Development of Primordial Compartments in the Origin of Life

(Note: the following text was adapted from a recent press-release from the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) in Tokyo, Japan. Both Tony Jia and Jim Cleaves are BMSIS Scientists and researchers at ELSI. The original text of the press release can be found here and the peer-reviewed research article can be found here, as well as through the reference below) “Before life began on Earth, the environment likely contained a massive number of chemicals that reacted with each other more or […]

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