Category Archives: astrobiology

Tracks of micro-life on the hadean Earth

Mega-impacts of asteroids/comets were driving the terrestrial habitat in the hadean epoch >3.8 Gyr ago. Rather than sterilising the Earth, these impacts made it suitable for early primitive life, whether de-novo or seeded from space. 13-C depletion in graphitic carbon … Continue reading

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Neutrino fields get Jim’s boxer shorts in a twist

Jim Al-Khalili’s defence of his extreme scepticism of faster-than-light neutrinos departs from the fundamental standpoint of Faraday, Maxwell and (early) Einstein that space-filling fields are physical, as the formulation of Steven Weinberg, Logunov etc. of a real energy tensor for … Continue reading

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Wave neutrinics – new territory of the neutrino

 Alice has a pot at Jim Al-Khalili’s rash promise….. So neutrinos might – just might – go faster than light. Maybe some neutrinos go faster than some light – maybe. Let’s face it, we don’t really understand neutrinos as much as … Continue reading

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‘The Big Questions’ – do physicists agree?

Colin Blakemore says (Radio 4 interview by Jim Al-Khalili, 8 Nov.) that physicists agree on the ‘big questions’, while neuroscientists don’t – not even agree that the origin of consciousness is a big question. Do physicists really agree?? Eg. do we … Continue reading

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Let’s dare to question quantum magic!

What a surprise from New Scientist’s editor.  Has caught on to the criticisms from a “small band of rebels” starting from Einstein, who point out quantum mechanics does not describe one of its central tenets, namely collapse of the wave … Continue reading

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Origins2011: fossils from Mars – avoiding the ‘awkward issue’

Fossils from Mars – are astrobiologists avoiding the ‘awkward issue’ ? Science writer and editor at the Washington Post, Marc Kaufman placed the institutionalising and expansion of modern astrobiology as starting with NASA’s 1996 announcement of evidence for life from the … Continue reading

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Astrobiology = mainstream science, not protoscience

Astrobiology is mainstream Science, but String theory only emerging ‘Protoscience’ Prasanta Bandyopadhyay and colleagues at the interface between Astrobiology & Philosophy, at Montana State University, have responded to the criticism of their Origins 2011 Poster. Astrobiology is to be seen … Continue reading

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