Resources

The Primordial Scoop: a blog devoted to discussing questions related to synthetic biology and astrobiology: How and where has the life started in our solar system? How did it continued? Can we build it from the scratch and how much can we reshape it before it breaks? And what is life after all?

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Astrobiology for a General Reader: A Questions and Answers Approach

This book implements several outstanding features which are helpful to the general reader. It is organized in the form of a ‘Questions and Answers’ guide, an approach unique in the field of astrobiology.  Read more …

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The mysterious origins of life on Earth – Luka Seamus Wright

A TED-Ed explainer on the route from origin to complexity of life

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In the Beginning: The Origin & Purpose of Life | Dr. Bruce Damer | TEDxSantaCruz

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Did asteroids bring life to Earth? | Catalyst

An excerpt from an ABC piece on the panspermia hypothesis

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The mysterious origins of life on Earth – Luka Seamus Wright

A TED-Ed explainer on the route from origin to complexity of life

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Living Universe: David Deamer and Bruce Damer: origin of life fieldwork at Bumpass Hell (Aug 2016)

Extract from Living Universe documentary of Prof. David Deamer and Dr. Bruce Damer performing origin of life research field work at Bumpass Hell, Mount Lassen Volcanic Park in California on August 9th, 2016.

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We May Have Been Wrong About the Origin of Life

A 6-minute non-technical (almost) explainer on the Water Paradox

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Signs of Life: Detection and Characterization

This is a select episode from Network for Ocean Worlds Lecture Series.

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2020 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Alien Life

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, hosts and moderates a lively discussion about how life might have formed on Earth and explores what alien life might look like elsewhere in the universe. What criteria do we use to classify life as we know it? Should the criteria be revised as we look for life on other worlds?

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Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds – a film co-directed by acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog and Dr. Clive Oppenheimer features Dr. Sahai. Read the January 5, 2021 report piece done by the University of Akron here. A shorter local news coverage can be found here.

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Planetary science, geology, and biochemistry – October – November 2020

Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments (PCE3) has organized an extensive video series covering discoveries and open questions in current origins of life research. The full YouTube channel can be found here.

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How to Visualize and Communicate Science Effectively:

http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/index.htm

http://guides.nyu.edu/content.php?pid=174875&sid=1471879

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