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Astrobiology Is At A Pivot Point

A Twitter sequence about the present and future of Astrobiology.

Sometimes Twitter is a better way to encapsulate a thought than a simple narrative.

A new paper from a University of Kansas researcher suggests bipedalism arose when ancient supernovae caused lightning that burned Earth's forests and prompted human ancestors to walk upright.

The Planetary Science Division intends to solicit Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research (ICAR) to support the goal of the NASA's Astrobiology program in the study of the origins, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe.

The 2019 Breakthrough Discuss Conference: "Migration of Life in the Universe" is being held on 11-12 April. A live webcast starts at 8:00 am PDT/11:00 am EDT at http://www.youtube.com/breakthroughprize. Details on the event can be found here. Live tweeting will be done at @Astrobiology

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. It is an inherently interdisciplinary field that encompasses astronomy, biology, geology, heliophysics, and planetary science, including complementary laboratory activities and field studies conducted in a wide range of terrestrial environments. Combining inherent scientific interest and public appeal, the search for life in the solar system and beyond provides a scientific rationale for many current and future activities carried out by the National Aeronautics and Science Administration (NASA) and other national and international agencies and organizations.

Call for Authors: Astrobiology Primer 3.0

Are you an early-career astrobiologist? Would you be interested to contribute to an Astrobiology primer? The first primerwas published in 2006 and second was published in 2016. Now, we are working on the third edition which be hosted as a living document in a NASA-sponsored website.

When we think of life on Earth, we might think of individual examples ranging from animals to bacteria. When astrobiologists study life, however, they have to consider not only individual organisms, but also ecosystems, and the biosphere as a whole.

The existence of intelligent, interstellar traveling and colonising life is a key assumption behind the Fermi Paradox.

Could there be another planet out there with a society at the same stage of technological advancement as ours?

Since its inception six decades ago, astrobiology has diversified immensely to encompass several scientific questions including the origin and evolution of Terran life, the organic chemical composition of extraterrestrial objects, and the concept of habitability, among others.