Cary Neeper

August 18, 2014

Who’s Out There?—Clues From the Conference “Alife 2014”

First, a follow up on hurdles life must jump in order to get started.  Here’s a grand one, as reported by Christopher Crockett in Science News, […]
June 24, 2014

Who’s Out There—Someone Could Be!

In the astrobiology game of life, we seem to be winning on three fronts—the biochemical theory game, the numbers game, and gaming with computer simulations. So […]
May 8, 2014

Who's out there? In a Lake Superior on Enceladus?

Aerospace engineer Luciano Iess and his group at the Sapienza University of Rome have described an under-ice sea the size of Lake Superior at the south pole of […]
April 15, 2014

Who’s Out There? Tiny RNA Critters?

The recent discovery of different types of RNA may soon give us new treatments for viral infections like Hepatitis C and Ebola virus. It also strengthens […]
February 24, 2014

Who’s Out There? A Problem With Numbers

When we think about possible life in the universe, we soon encounter numbers. There’s too many of them, both large and small. We simply can’t grasp how huge […]
January 31, 2014

Who's Out There? II. Silicon Gadgets?

Before we talk about other properties of silicon that stimulate both  imagination and technology, we had better review the chemical jargon. 1) Silanes: Silicon can react […]
January 17, 2014

Who's Out There? I. Silicon Monsters?

Are silicon critters “…as much a staple of [science fiction] as barroom brawls and pistol duels are to westerns.”? (Peter Ward in Life As We Do Not […]
December 4, 2013

WHO'S OUT THERE–Lots of What?

I just found Peter Ward’s second book Life As We Do Not Know It: The NASA Search for (and Synthesis of) Alien Life, New York, Penguin Group, 2005. […]
October 22, 2013

Who’s Out There—Good News For Life’s Chances In Space

It all started with a mystery. Where did the methoxy come from? CH3O was discovered in the Perseus Molecular cloud in space 600 light years from Earth, where […]