Origins of Life On Earth & Beyond –“From Matter to Living Biology” (Weekend Feature)



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What is the recipe for life? If you were to build a cell from scratch, what ingredients would you need? And what kind of environment would you need to cook inanimate matter into a living cell? These are the questions that occupy Harvard biochemist Jack Szostak, as he imagines the dynamic world where life was born.


Weekend ‘Galaxy’ Insight –“We May be One of the Early Advanced Species in the Universe”






"Intelligent life may be in it's 'very young'stage in the observable Universe. Its 200 billion galaxies show a clear potential to continue on as we see them today for hundreds of billions of years, if not much longer. Because planets and life are so young in our Universe. Perhaps the human species are not late comers to the party. We may be among the early ones."


“Observing 20 Billion Galaxies” –The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)





"Dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe and ripping it apart," said Murayama, the Director of the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU) at the University of Tokyo and a professor at the Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Berkeley. "The questions we are asking are: Where is the universe going? What is its fate? Is it getting completely ripped apart at some point? Does the universe end? Or does it go forever?"


Today’s ‘Galaxy’ Insight –“Will Intelligence Be a Constant in the Universe?”





"If you go to these other continents and ask zoologists 'What do you think is the smartest thing there? Is it trying to become human? Is it any closer today than it was 50 million years ago to building a radio telescope?' I think the answer would be no. If that's the answer, then there is no trend toward human-like intelligence, and this whole idea of intelligence being convergent is just an empty claim based on what we want to believe about ourselves. Only one species of the billions of species that have existed on Earth has shown an aptitude for radios and even we failed to build one during the first 99% of our 7 million year history."


Snapshot of the Oldest Light in the Universe –“Reveals Clues to Its Origin”





Astrophysicists have developed a new method for calculating the effect of Rayleigh scattering on photons, potentially allowing researchers to better understand the formation of the Universe. The CMB is the oldest light in the universe, which originated when electrons combined with protons to form the first atoms. These primordial atoms were also the first to Rayleigh scatter light.



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