Say La Vie

Presenter: Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
When: February 11, 2013 1AM PST

Researchers have discovered life in a buried Antarctic lake. But we’re not surprised. Life is amazingly adaptive. Expose it to any environment – heat, ice, acid or even jet fuel – and it thrives. But this discovery of life under the ice may have exciting implications for finding biology beyond Earth.

Scientists share their discovery, and how they drilled down through a half-mile of ice.

Also, plunge into another watery alien world with director James Cameron, and the first solo dive to the deepest, darkest part of the ocean.

Plus, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist tries to create life in his lab to learn more about biology’s origins, and martian fossils abound in Robert J. Sawyer’s latest sci-fi novel.

Guests:

Helen Amanda Fricker – Glaciologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego
Jill Mikucki – Microbiologist at the University of Tennessee
Chris McKay – Planetary scientist, NASA Ames Research Center
Jack Szostak – Nobel Prize winning chemist, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital
James Cameron – film director and explorer-in-residence for National Geographic
Robert J. Sawyer – Hugo Award-winning author; most recently: Red Planet Blues
Descripción en español

This episode was tagged with: astrobiology biology culture science fiction oceanography

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