Podcast: Chemistry of the Possible

March’s edition of “Beer with BMSIS” features a conversation with Dr. Jim Cleaves titled The Chemistry of the Possible. Dr. Cleaves discusses his calculations of the number of biologically possible molecules, and speculates as to the reasons that Earth life uses only a small subset of these molecules. Should we expect life elsewhere to use the same set of amino acids as Earth life, or would extraterrestrial life be based on a notably different set of molecules? These questions will […]

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Welcome to Happening @ S.A.G.A.N.!

Welcome to Happening @ S.A.G.A.N.! We’ll be posting here regularly about some of the exciting events and activities happening on S.A.G.A.N. (Social Action for a Grassroots Astrobiology Network)! If you haven’t logged in, and are interested in astrobiology, space exploration, or science in general you definitely want to check it out – S.A.G.A.N. is an educational initiative of Blue Marble Space that provides a collaborative web-platform for scientists and the public alike! Next week you can catch the Arizona State University Astrobiology Coffee […]

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Meet the team: Zach Adam

Every month, we’ll highlight a BMSIS scientist and feature them on this page. This month, Zach Adam answers our questions: BMSIS: Please tell us a little about yourself Zach Adam: I’m a PhD student studying geology at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, but before that I worked as an aerospace engineer for about 3 years. Each week, as I saw that more and more planets were being found outside our solar system by the Kepler spacecraft, I felt that my day-to-day […]

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Podcast: Dr. Jon Petters on Science & Policy

The February edition of “Beer with BMSIS” is now available online! This month’s podcast features a discussion with Dr. Jon Petters titled “Democracy in Action: An Atmospheric Scientist Jumps into Science Policy“. Join us as Jon discusses his experiences as a AAAS fellow in Washington D.C. and his advice for scientists interested in policy. [listen to the conversation]

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