The Life of Super-Earths

The Life of Super-Earths

How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells Will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet

Book - 2012
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"In the past year, we have witnessed unprecedented breakthroughs in the seemingly unrelated fields of synthetic biology and exoplanetary astronomy. Just recently, arsenic-based bacteria was discovered in a California lake-both puzzling and electrifying the scientific world. In The Life of Super-Earths, expert astronomer Dimitar Sasselov aims to highlight these groundbreaking findings and explain how what we learn in the laboratory informs our investigation of the universe, and vice versa. The discovery of a New Earth, or other world, may be in our future. But a truly 'alien' life form is more likely to emerge from our planet's natural environment or in a petri dish at a research lab. We may cross a milestone into the era of synthetic biology under the microscope. These breakthroughs will shed new light on our place in the universe and answer the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe? The Life of Super-Earths offers nothing short of a revolution in our understanding of life and its place in the cosmos"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780465021932
Branch Call Number: 576.839 SASSELOV
Characteristics: xvi, 202 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Oct 30, 2013

This book is fascinating!

Nov 04, 2012

I think few of us comprehend the golden age of space exploration we presently live in. Granted we're not traveling to other stars or anything like that, but observations made right here from planet Earth can tell us quite a lot. Not only are we capable of gathering more information from deep space, but by studying Earth's own origins, and its biological inhabitants, are we afforded better clues to life elsewhere in the universe.

The potential for life around other stars appears to be much more common than previously thought because we weren't sure whether the configuration of our Solar System was one among many or a rare occurrence. Being able to detect planets around other stars, including those inside the so-called Goldilocks Zone (i.e. the distance from a star where liquid water is possible), brings us closer to solving the universal mystery of, "Is anybody out there?"


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