Off to the Traces

Presenter: Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
When: October 25, 2010 1PM PDT

If a tree fell on another planet, would we be able to detect it? Not quite yet – but we might be able to tell if the planet was habitable. A living-planet is the promise of newly-discovered Gliese 581g. But does the planet exist at all?

Discover how we learn a planet’s geology and chemistry from afar. Also, what we learn about a civilization from what it discards, beginning with our own sloppy habits.

Plus, the hunt for derelict alien spaceships… and a man who sketches alien creatures for a living – based on real science.
Guests:

Lisa Kaltenegger – Astronomer, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Brad Bebout – Biologist, NASA Ames Research Center Robin Nagle – Anthropologist, New York University Robin Hanson – Economist, George Mason University Joel Hagen – Computer graphics instructor, Modesto Junior College

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This episode was tagged with: alien biology exoplanet extra-solar planet anthropology astrobiology

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