Cary Neeper

June 23, 2015

Who’s Out There?—Possibilities Keep Growing (1)

The more we learn about exoplanets and our own solar system, the more remarkable the universe seems, and the more possibilities for life emerging elsewhere, or […]
May 11, 2015

Who’s Out There?-Someone Like Us"

Recently, Discover Magazine summarized the widespread evidence for water in our solar system. (“Alive On the Inside?” March 2015, page 16 and 62). The list of objects with […]
April 13, 2015

Who's Out There – Focusing the Search

The mast camera of Curiosity has found methane plumes and carbon-based molecules in the layered buttes of Mt. Sharp on Mars. The plumes are not considered an “active” […]
March 12, 2015

Who’s Out There—The Importance of Environment

Manfred Eigen in his book Steps Toward Life (Oxford University Press 1992) makes it clear that the science of complex. systems is helping us understand how […]
February 10, 2015

Who’s Out There—Revisiting the Drake Equation

Frank Drake wrote his famous equation in 1961 while planning an early SETI meeting. He came up with a list of probabilities to predict the chance […]
January 8, 2015

Who’s Out There—The Probability For Exolife Rises

Looking back at the year 2014—some breakthroughs in both biochemistry and astronomy have made the prospects for finding life more probable in our solar system and elsewhere. Two […]
December 5, 2014

Who’s Out There—Right- or Left-Handers or Both?

The artificial life research tide may be shifting at last, from dry  robots and clever software back to wet chemistry. Gerald Joyce and Jonathan Sczepanski at the […]
October 25, 2014

Who’s Out There?—Something Somewhere Not In Thermodynamic Equilibrium?

In his 1992 book Steps Toward Life, Nobel Prize winner and Director of the Max Planck Institute, Manfred Eigen, focuses on the origins of life. He introduces the […]
September 20, 2014

Who’s Out There?—Minimal Cells, on Mars First?

Why does Mars look like a good candidate for generating life on Earth? Steven Benner , the chemist who started the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, “…presented the […]