Cary Neeper

January 17, 2017

Who’s Out There?—The Smallest Critter Yet

473 is a huge number when it refers to active players in a cascade of nested complex systems. To untangle who does what, when everyone is looking […]
November 17, 2016

Who’s Out There?—Balancing Probability and Huge Numbers

Are we too easily fooled by our ability to write huge numbers? Numbers that represent how far light travels in a year (light years) trick us […]
October 18, 2016

Who’s Out There?—Life May Be Rare After All

I’ve been reading THE VITAL QUESTION by Nick Lane, New York, W. W. Norton, 2015. In this book author Nick Lane, biochemist at University College, London, […]
September 15, 2016

Who’s Out There?—Life May Be Rare After All

I’ve been reading THE VITAL QUESTION by Nick Lane, New York, W. W. Norton, 2015. In this book author Nick Lane, biochemist at University College, London, defines […]
August 16, 2016

Who’s Out There?—Talented Genes

Several things have been noted in this year’s science magazines—things about genes that we should keep in mind when considering alien life possibilities. In the Arctic’s 1.8 million […]
July 15, 2016

Who’s Out There?—Oxygen Producers?

Final proof may soon be found, proof that we are not alone in this universe. What proof? A biosignature gas? The problem with many proofs is that […]
June 16, 2016

Who’s Out There?—Anywhere?

In the Milky Way, Kepler data point to stars with planets smaller than Neptune orbiting in the liquid water zone. There are at least nine so far, larger […]
May 8, 2016

Who’s Out There?—Getting Real About Astrobiology—A Review

Science News April 30, 2016 ran a series of four articles entitled “Special Report: In Search of Aliens.” It begins by listing popular fictional aliens, then quotes Enrico Fermi, who […]
April 17, 2016

Who’s Out There?—Creative Chemicals and Genes

In searching for extraterrestrial life, it might be useful to broaden our vision to include the amazing mechanisms that drive animal life at all levels. We have talked […]