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Meeting Announcement: Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Meeting Announcement: Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life

The conference “Impacts and their Role in the Evolution of Life” will be held in Tällberg, Sweden, 10-13 June 2019. Topics covered by the conference will range from the role of impacts in the early history of the Solar System over impacts physics, the characterisation of impactors (asteroids, meteorites, comets etc) and impact sites to the role impacts could have played in the emergence and evolution of life and their possible threat to life on Earth. Two further important aspects will be discussed: the geoconservation of impact sites as well as the use of impacts in education...

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Frontiers of Sciences IV, 16th March 2019

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in News | 1 comment

Frontiers of Sciences IV, 16th March 2019

Details of the upcoming Frontiers of Sciences meeting as follows: Frontiers of Sciences IV Date: 16th March 2019 Venue: KPMG LLP, 1 Sovereign Square, Leeds, LS1 4DA Time: arrival 10.30 for an 11.00 start   11:00-11:45 Prof Christine H Foyer, University of Leeds, UK: Antioxidants and Redox Sensing Mechanisms 11:45-12.30 Dr Klara A Capova, Durham University, UK: “What is life? Where do we come from?” The increasing role of astrobiology in the shaping of the European popular worldview. 12:30-13:00 Coffee Break 13:00-13:45 Frances Westall, CNRS-Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, France: Volcanic...

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‘The Equations of Life: The Hidden Rules Shaping Evolution’ by Charles Cockell

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in Book reviews | 0 comments

Charles Cockell opens this book with a picture of a small, blind bundle of subterranean fluff (a.k.a., a Lesser Mole Rat), with the simple caption P = F / A, and for approximately half the book, no explanation of why. At its core, this is a book of formula of the biological. How do the principles of physics govern all life? What are the mathematical formulae that dictate evolutionary pathways? If we understand these principles, do we then understand why Lesser Mole Rats are the way that they are? For a popular science book, this book is very brave. In the acknowledgements to ‘A Brief History...

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Workshop: Environmental Ethics and Value in the Age of Exoplanets

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Workshop: Environmental Ethics and Value in the Age of Exoplanets

Registration is now open for the workshop “Environmental Ethics and Value in the Age of Exoplanets”, October 6 2018 at St Andrews. This is an interdisciplinary workshop. In it we’ll be working toward the production of an output: an essay that (1) lays out the central problems of environmental ethics relating to space science and exploration and (2) outlines how people from different disciplines can work together on answering them. The invited speakers are: Charles Cockell (University of Edinburgh), Tony Milligan (King’s College London), and Jacob Haqq-Misra (Blue...

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Astrobiology/Extreme Biology Position, Edinburgh

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Astrobiology/Extreme Biology Position, Edinburgh

To support the next generation of academic research and innovation leaders, the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh proposes to appoint up to 10 new Chancellor’s Fellows. The School of Physics and Astronomy is leading on the recruitment of Fellows in the area of Extreme Conditions/Astrobiology Specifically, the School expects a key output from the Chancellor’s Fellowships to be closer links to the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions and the UK Centre for Astrobiology, bringing new projects with industry that will create significant opportunities for...

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