The leaves are changing color here in State College, Pennsylvania, the place of our new home office, which means another September has come and gone. We’re all settled in here after a few bumps and bruises this month, but the rest of the team around the country has been keeping things running smooth for us! Here is a quick peek at what has been happening on the science front this month:
Science Behind the Sci-Fi Panel Overview
- Science Focus: Paleobotany
- Author: Jamie Boyer
- Science Focus: Neuroscience
- Author: Robert Hampson
- Science Focus: Astrobiology
- Author: Jacob Haqq-Misra
- Science Focus: Astrophysics
- Author: Amitai Bin-Nun
- Science Focus: Astronomy – The Fermi Paradox
- Author: Andrew Rushby – A PhD student at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the United Kingdom, Andrew’s research is based in the Laboratory for Global Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry (LGMAC), and is broadly focused on planetary habitability and modelling the biogeochemical processes taking place both on the Earth and extrasolar planets. He also writes about exoplanets and astrobiology at several sites across the web, and was short-listed for the Guardian and Welcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2012.
This Month’s “Random Science News”
Though it’s been a crazy month, I made sure to find time to peruse the internet like always and find some cool science news for all of you keeping up to date with our posts. Here’s what I’ve found:
- I’ve been working on the short stories for the Escaping Titan Sourcebook, coming out in a few months, which had me thinking about the validity of a few of my sci-fi Mars construction ideas which then had me out searching the internet for some science to support my sci-fi. Here are some awesome posts from this month that support some of the construction you’ll see in our sci-fi! Article on 3D printing of subsurface houses on Mars.
- And speaking of Mars, I wanted to keep everyone up to date on the Mars One mission since I discussed it a few months back when they first started taking applications. To see how their effort to colonize Mars is going, check out this update on Space.com. But with everyone trying to colonize Mars lately, this article discusses the chance of the crews on Mars going crazy!
- What?! Star Wars lightsabers? Yup, MIT made them. (Ok, not really – don’t listen to all the hype, but it’s still cool science). Read what MIT really was up to this month.
- Here is a cool article on the relationship of Saturn’s moon, Titan, and the evolution of life on Earth. I actually first read this article because the title hooked me and I thought it related well with Escaping Titan. However, after reading it, I realized the author is Amy Teitel, who wrote a guest science behind the sci-fi post for us a few months ago!
Well, that should be enough articles to keep you reading for awhile, so I’ll let you get to it. Hope you enjoyed this month’s newsletter, and don’t forget to check us out on social media like Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks for reading,