WEBCAST: Searching for Life Less Ordinary

Science  07 Nov 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5647, pp. 961
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5647.961d

Hollywood has supplied its visions of extraterrestrial life, from the oozing, flesh-hungry mass of The Blob to Star Trek's ultranerdy Mr. Spock. During this 15 to 22 November series of daily Webcasts from the Exploratorium in San Francisco, experts will have their say about questions such as Does life flourish on other planets? If so, what might it look like, and how will we recognize it?

Scheduled speakers include chemist David Deamer of the University of California, Santa Cruz, who is cooking up a novel recipe for life's origins on Earth, and UC Berkeley astronomer Dan Wertheimer, who listens for alien radio signals. The series will also feature experiments and on-the-spot reports from places such as Chile's 5900-meter-high Licancabur volcano, which cradles icy lakes that might replicate early conditions on Mars.

www.exploratorium.edu/astrobiology

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