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Call for Ideas: The Deep Space Gateway

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Call for Ideas: The Deep Space Gateway

The Deep Space Gateway will be humanity’s first spaceship. A human tended spacecraft in lunar vicinity that can move between orbits and where we can tackle the major challenges of human exploration in deep space. Preparations for the Deep Space Gateway are in being led by the International Space Station partner agencies. ESA invites the scientific community to contribute to the definition of this exploration driven platform by identifying the scientific opportunities that the Deep Space Gateway could offer and how these opportunities might be realised. A Call For Ideas is now open, which...

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Post-Doc Opportunities: Origins Center, Netherlands

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Post-Doc Opportunities: Origins Center, Netherlands

Six postdoctoral positions in origins of life research are available at the Origins Center in the Netherlands. The Origins Center is a recent, multidisciplinary and multi-institute initiative comprising a large number of top tier scientists in the Netherlands and is coordinated by the University of Groningen. Scientists affiliated with at least 17 Dutch universities and research institutes participate in its research. The center aims to investigate: The origin of life and of life-bearing planets The predictability of evolution Building and steering life from molecule to biosphere Finding...

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Why looking for aliens is good for society

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Why looking for aliens is good for society

Beyond answering the question of whether or not we are alone in the Universe, what can searching for alien life do for us here on Earth? In a recent article in The Conversation, the ASB’s Ian Crawford outlines how society benefits from the merging of scientific disciplines and from the new perspectives astrobiology can give us of our place in the cosmos (even if we find nothing). To find out more, read the full article here: Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t...

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News: The toxic surface of Mars

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in ASB in the media, News | 0 comments

News: The toxic surface of Mars

The ASB’s Jennifer Wadsworth, along with Charles Cockell, at the UK Centre for Astrobiology have found that the surface of Mars may be even less hospitable than previously thought. When they exposed perchlorates (common compounds on the Martian surface) to high levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation similar to the flux at the surface of Mars, they became bacteriocidal. This suggests that the surface of Mars would be even less suitable for life than previously thought. However, life may still find a home a few metres beneath the surface, where it would be shielded from UV radiation. The...

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Barrie Jones Award 2017

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Barrie Jones Award 2017

The Astrobiology Society of Britain and the Open University are delighted to announce that Dr Louisa Preston has been chosen to accept the second biennial Barrie Jones Award. That award is intended to reward scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to society through outreach and/or education work in astrobiology, and was established to commemorate the life of Prof Barrie Jones (1941 – 2014), who spent most of his career at the Open University, where he dedicated much of his time to public engagement and outreach, as well as leading an outstanding research career. Dr...

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ASB7: Registration Open

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in News | 0 comments

ASB7: Registration Open

Registration and abstract submission for the 7th Biennial ASB Conference (ASB7) is now open! With ASB7, the Astrobiology Society of Britain continues its objective of promoting discussion on UK astrobiology interests in research, education and outreach. The ASB is pleased to announce that this 7th ASB conference will take place at The Open University, Milton Keynes, on 13-14 September 2017, focusing on the topic of habitability beyond the Earth.   The deadline for registration and abstract submission is now the 2nd August. For more information and to register, please...

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