BMSIS Scientist Omer Markovitch builds models to predict chemical speciation. (Following is an interview with Dr. Markovitch, translated from the NEMO Kennislink website) Before there was life on earth, molecules already displayed behaviour that resembles life, such as reproduction and evolution. Omer Markovitch tries to understand and predict that behaviour using computer models. How did life originate on earth? “That is far too big a question to investigate all at once,” says Omer Markovitch, a post-doctoral researcher at the University […]Read more
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BMSIS Scientist Dr. Ivan Paulino-Lima recently organized the very first Yuri’s Night event in his home town of Marilia, Brazil! Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. It’s a world space party, bringing together space-themed events of many kinds from around the globe and bringing together people to share in a passion for space exploration and understanding our place in the cosmos. The events are held every April in commemoration of when Yuri […]Read more
Scientists have reproduced in the lab how the ingredients for life could have formed deep in the ocean 4 billion years ago. The results of the new study offer clues to how life started on Earth and where else in the cosmos we might find it. Astrobiologist Laurie Barge [a Scientist with BMSIS] and her team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are working to recognize life on other planets by studying the origins of life here on […]Read more
A cosmic perspective on the future of our world and the longevity of our civilization A new special issue of the journal Futures is now available and features papers that examine the future of Earth and civilization from an astrobiological perspective, particularly focused on the extent to which human activities could be detectable across interstellar distances. BMSIS Scientist Jacob Haqq-Misra edited this special issue and provides the introductory chapter. The issue also includes contributions from BMSIS Scientists Sanjoy Som, Brendan […]Read more
Blue Marble Space Institute of Science was honored to recently support an International Conference on Astrobiology organized by Progressive Education Society’s Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce in Pune, India. This conference, also supported by Savitribai Phule Pune University and ISRO-SPPU Space Technology Cell, took place on the 15th and 16th of December, 2018. 116 participants took part in the conference, with over 80 students and 30 teachers. There were twelve students who also participated in a Science Communication […]Read more