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‘The Cosmic Zoo – Complex Life on Many Worlds’ by Dirk Schulze-Makuch, William Bains

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Book reviews | 0 comments

The key question in astrobiology is whether we are likely to find life beyond Earth, and the authors of this book, who are clearly optimistic about the answer, put forward strong arguments to support their optimism. Whether you agree with them or not, this book will help you think critically about the possibility of life beyond Earth, and about the likelihood of complex life being common in the universe, in direct contrast to the Rare Earth hypothesis. It will also remind you of how astonishing wonderful life on our planet is. The authors, Schulze-Makuch and Bains, are scientists well-versed...

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‘Cosmology in Theological Perspective’ by Olli-Pekka Vainio

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Book reviews | 0 comments

Cosmology covers the origin and development of the cosmos as a whole. In astrobiology circles, this usually refers to a branch of astrophysics, but the term also applies to theology. How do we understand the universe and what rules do we use when proposing models? Olli-Pekka Vainio tackles these questions in Cosmology in Theological Perspective: Understanding Our Place in the Universe. Vainio provides a great introduction, suitable for academics interested in the intersection of astrobiology and theology. Vainio covers many issues that arise when thinking about the role of life in the...

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Job Opportunity: Lecturer in Planetary Science

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Jobs, News | 0 comments

Job Opportunity: Lecturer in Planetary Science

The Open University is now recruiting to a lectureship position with a research specialism in analytical planetary sciences in the School of Physical Sciences at the Open University.  This Faculty position will provide the opportunity to join a large group of planetary scientists with an extensive range of excellent analytical and simulation facilities and involvement in many on-going and planned planetary missions, and to contribute to our distance learning curriculum. The deadline for applications is 23rd April 2019 – see the Open University website for details...

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Nominations for the Barrie Jones Award 2019

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Nominations for the Barrie Jones Award 2019

The Astrobiology Society of Britain (ASB), in collaboration with the Open University, is proud to announce the opening of nominations for the Barrie Jones Award to celebrate those who have made an excellent contribution to outreach and/or the teaching of Astrobiology, in memory of Prof. Barrie W. Jones who was a keen communicator of astrobiology. We wish to solicit nominations for the award. Once the recipient of the award has been selected by a committee comprising members of the ASB and staff from the Open University, they will be invited to give a public lecture held at the Open...

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Royal Institution Event: The Human Martian

Posted by on Feb 20, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Royal Institution Event: The Human Martian

The Royal Institution will be hosting an astronomy event, The Human Martian on Tuesday 19 March, 7.00pm – 8.30pm. This will explore humanity’s first attempts to establish a permanent settlement on Mars. Adrian Hayes, Iya Whiteley and Jill Stuart bring together expertise from the worlds of exploration, science and law to guide us through how humans will live in a new era in which space exploration is no longer about the journey. For more information and to book tickets please visit the event page:...

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