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Another Dust Bowl? California drought resembles worst in 1,000 years
A high-pressure ridge that blocks rain storms has been present each time California has suffered through an intense drought. By planting crops that lacked drought resistance, farmers during the Dust Bowl encouraged 'black
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Bear cub rescued from California dumpster 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Bear cub rescued from California dumpster
Wildlife officials in Pasadena first had to scare off the cub's mother to perform a safe rescue, but don't worry — there's a happy ending to this story. Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 02:50 PM After a long day in Pasadena,
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How to safely watch the upcoming partial solar eclipse
Solar eclipses can be dangerous to gaze upon, so make sure you have the correct filters for your telescopes or a viewing box. By: Geoff Gaherty, Starry Night Education for SPACE.com Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 01:43 PM A
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Terrifying tornado clusters on the rise 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Terrifying tornado clusters on the rise
Despite the rise in back-to-back tornado incidences, the annual number of tornadoes has held steady. The intensity of tornadoes may be getting an assist from climate change (Photo: NOAA) Tornadoes are touching down in
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Bizarre sounds from frozen lake explained 19 October 2014, 22.26 Living
Bizarre sounds from frozen lake explained
The same physics that created the sounds of laser bolts in 'Star Wars' are responsible for the 'pew pew' sound of rocks skipping on an icy lake. Cory Williams reacts to the bizarre sound of a rock hitting a frozen lake. (Photo:
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El Nino versus the polar vortex: Which will rule winter?
Since a fully formed El Niño is struggling to form, the battle for weather supremacy may be a mild one. Snow on a window in Chicago during the polar vortex in January 2014. Americans can expect a milder winter for the end of
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Live/Work Conversion Loft in San Francisco With Vaulted Concrete Ceilings
Collect this idea Concrete is not usually associated with a warm and welcoming home. In today’s post, we will try to demonstrate that with proper inspiration and decorating skills, beautiful things can occur. This
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Handcrafted Origami-Inspired Lampshade Adding a Stylish Touch Where Needed
Collect this idea Portugal-based studio blaanc borderless architecture shared photos and information regarding one of their latest works. Orikomi is a lightweight lampshade, made of high quality paper and carefully
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Vivid Ambiance Cleverly Achieved in Small Apartment Near Saint Petersburg
Collect this idea Welcome to a cheerful small apartment envisioned by Geometrium and located in Lensovetovskij, a village near Saint Petersburg, Russia. The crib was especially developed for a young couple who requested
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Intriguing Dear O’ Deer Planter Re-Shaping Perception of Everyday Things
Collect this idea Delhi based duo Re-culture recently presented Dear O’ Deer, an intriguing ceramic planter that works on the juxtaposition of the dead and the living. The plant grows outwards from a ceramic deer skull
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10 Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes in Interior Design
Collect this idea Have you made a massive decorating mistake without even realizing it? There are a lot of common mistakes to avoid. Image Source: Marcel Page Photography It happens to everyone— you are shopping and
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Ingenious Modern Makeover Reviving Malay Urban Heritage
Collect this idea With elegance and grace, a modern makeover can bring back the focus on living rather than preserving. And not just any kind of living. Owners of this remarkably renovated Peranakan shophouse in Singapore
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Your Luffa Sponge Paved the Way to Modern 3D Acoustic Tiles
Collect this idea What do you get when you mix a natural material used in a new way with a conscious choice of saving the eco-system? You get that distinctive feeling of being part of the solution, instead of the
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Expansive Rotterdam Market Hall Shaped Like A Giant Horse Shoe by MVRDV
Collect this idea From nine o’clock in the morning, until eight o’clock in the evening, the inhabitants of Rotterdam will have a chance to evaluate fresh food and other goodies inside a new massive arch-shaped venue.
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What is a LEED Certified Home? 08 October 2014, 23.45 Living
What is a LEED Certified Home?
Collect this idea Is a LEED home right for you? Image Source: Jeffers Design Group LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for green building. There are numerous levels and
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14 Inspiring Custom-Built Modern Cat Houses Revealed at LA Fundraising Event
Collect this idea All cat lovers out there will be pleased to see sculptural, artistic modern cat houses that not only provide their furry little pets with shelter and climbing fun, but also decorate modern
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Newfound S. American predator snacked on tiny dinos
The two-legged species is the first predatory dinosaur unearthed in Venezuela. An artist's illustration of the Tachiraptor admirabilis chasing after the herbivorous dinosaur Laquintasaura. A puma-sized predatory dinosaur that
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'Blood Moon' photos: Total lunar eclipse thrills skywatchers and photographers
The next total lunar eclipse is in April 2015, so you have time to get your cameras ready! The spectacular 'blood moon' total lunar eclipse of Oct. 8 is captured by photographer John W. Johnson of the Omaha Astronomical Society
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Typhoon Vongfong is 2014's most powerful storm 08 October 2014, 23.44 Living
Typhoon Vongfong is 2014's most powerful storm
Current forecasts have the storm weakening before it reaches Japan, which will be a relief as parts of the country are still recovering from Typhoon Phanfone. By: Becky Oskin, LiveScience Wed, Oct 08, 2014 at 10:48
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Court could decide if chimpanzees are legal persons
Activists seek to have Tommy's 'personhood' declared so as to free him from captivity and place him in a sanctuary that resembles a natural environment. The Nonhuman Rights Project uses scientific studies to argue that
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Alaska volcano blanketed Europe in ash 1,200 years ago
Mount Churchill ejected just 12 cubic miles of ash, but this ash spread for miles, leading scientists to reconsider the potential effects of even minor eruptions. An image of Mount Churchill in 1948 highlights other,
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BBC celebrates the 'glory and wonder of nature' 08 October 2014, 23.44 Living
BBC celebrates the 'glory and wonder of nature'
New website pulls together award-winning video, photos and stories and kickstarts the conversation about a topic that never ceases to amaze: Earth. Known worldwide for its spectacular, award-winning nature documentaries like
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Why You’ll Fall In Love With The Green Architecture Trend
Collect this idea Sustainable architecture is becoming more and more accessible to the residential market. Image Via: Duket Architects Planners A few decades ago, the concept of sustainable architecture was reserved for
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Scandinavian Apartment Jazzed Up By Industrial Design Elements
Collect this idea We got used to Swedish homes displaying unassuming comfortable decors, with a cheerful vibe throughout. Comparing to what we usually publish, this Scandinavian apartment is downright “irreverent”. It
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New Wooden House Extending Living Outdoors Salutes Modern Family Life
Collect this idea A new wooden house can invoke the fascination of rural life while compacting all the necessities of a modern family life within a sequence of spaces. Living in the city often means dreaming about a
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Enchanting Farmhouse Design in the Heart of Texas by Magnolia Homes
Collect this idea Chip and Joanna from Magnolia Homes shared photos of their home with readers worldwide, which is how we found out about this enchanting farmhouse in Texas, United States. After moving from one dwelling to
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Luminous 3 Bedroom Apartment Flaunting Modern Scandinavian Style
Collect this idea How do you choose your 3 bedroom apartment design? Maybe you fell in love with the modern Scandinavian style and that’s exactly why this apartment will inspire you. Beautifully distributed, the interior
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Lovely Range of Themed Children’s Beds Mixing Fun, Play and Rest
Collect this idea Balancing fun and rest, these new children’s beds from Danish company Lifetime are a treat. The collection below features special themes ranging from pirates and princesses to Morrocan style materials and
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Stylish Open-Plan Apartment in Taipei Showcasing Futuristic Design Ideas
Collect this idea This stylish open-plan apartment envisioned and implemented by J.C. Architecture is located in a busy area of ​​the city of Taipei, Taiwan. Tea-Art project is situated on the third floor of a large
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Stylish Modern Ranch in the Hollywood Hills Exuding a Welcoming Feel
Collect this idea This Modern Ranch in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills is a spacious home with abundant natural light and a great indoor/outdoor feel. Built by Kenihan Development, the residence
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10 Reasons You Should Use Sustainable Building Materials
Collect this idea Sustainability doesn’t mean you have to give up luxury. Image Source: Maienza Wilson Do you really know the true definition of sustainability? It is a trendy word that is often tossed about, but the
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Tastefully Renovated 19th Century Apartment Exuding a Classical Eclectic Style
Collect this idea This former Communist home was renovated by interior designer Judit Koczoh in collaboration with Beck Real Estate Kft to create a beautiful, practical, and energy efficient apartment. There were virtually
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NASA selects SpaceX and Boeing to launch U.S. astronauts into space
Boeing and SpaceX will be required to go through a rigorous certification process that includes at least one manned demonstration mission to the International Space Station. Artists' illustrations of the the SpaceX Dragon
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How to take clear photos of a light-polluted Milky Way
It takes a lot of work in post-processing to make our home galaxy appear in some photographs. Spotting the Milky Way on dark, cloudless nights can be a challenge for anyone, but trying to see it through the haze of light
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to build rocket engine for Boeing
Testing for the new engine should begin in 2016, with the first flight due for launch in 2019. Jeff Bezos looks on as a new model of Blue Origin's BE-4 liquid rocket engine is revealed during a press event on Sept. 17. (Photo:
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Chimpanzees are naturally violent, study suggests 20 September 2014, 19.53 Living
Chimpanzees are naturally violent, study suggests
Aggression is a small part of chimps' lives, but it can provide evolutionary insight into human violence. Violence among chimps had been previously linked to human impacts, such as habitation destruction, but this now appears
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Climate change altering how sharks swim in odd ways 20 September 2014, 19.53 Living
Climate change altering how sharks swim in odd ways
Scientists aren't yet sure what the changes would mean for sharks in the wild, and they only have a few generations to wait and find out. A catshark at rest. Tested catsharks demonstrated changes in their blood chemistry and
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Dinosaur-killing meteorite remade plant kingdom, too
The impact winter forced trees to adapt quickly, but evergreens ended not being quick enough. Sunlight peeks through autumn leaves in Cornwall, New York. Deciduous plants, which drop their leaves, flourished after a killer
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30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style 10 September 2014, 18.53 Living
30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style
Collect this idea “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin Owning a home library conjures up feelings of excitement as well as promises of
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Ingenious Drawing Unit for Kids Shaped Like a Giant Paper Block
Collect this idea Designer Luc Lacroix of o-carre e-mailed us photos and information depicting his latest project, an ingenious drawing unit shaped like a giant paper block. According to the designer, BLOC is a chic version
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How Your Interior Design Is Influencing Your Subconscious
Collect this idea Tailor your design so it pleases your body and mind. Image Via: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects – how to achieve a
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Modern Creativity on Display: Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil
Collect this idea Envisioned and implemented by Filipe Ramos Arquitetura Design, Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil is the result of a complete renovation. According to the project description we were e-mailed, all
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Massive Weekend Retreat Balancing Modernity and Coziness: Casa ALD
Collect this idea This weekend retreat designed and implemented by Juan Carlos Baumgartner of SPACE Architects is projected on a land of little over 1,000 square meters in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Casa ALD consists of
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'Extinct' snail found alive on remote atoll in Indian Ocean
The Aldabra banded snail was believed to have been driven to extinction by climate change, but researchers have found a few stragglers precariously hanging on to existence. Climate change, widespread pollution and human
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Why big fridges are a bad idea 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Why big fridges are a bad idea
American-style refrigerators don't just waste energy, they can hurt your health and wallet too. Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 03:50 PM Your family and pets might disagree, but there are downsides to that huge fridge in your
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Lost ship from ill-fated Arctic quest discovered 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Lost ship from ill-fated Arctic quest discovered
MNN Originals Check out some of our favorite features - from interactive info graphics to videos, advice columns and more. Translating Uncle Sam Infographics Eco-glossary Ask Mother Nature Contests This Day in
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10 curious truths about Stonehenge 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
10 curious truths about Stonehenge
The world's most famous ring of standing stones has been studied for centuries, yet we learn something new about it all the time. Humans have spent centuries studying Stonehenge, yet it still has a few tricks up its sleeve. New
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Stunning emerald green Arabian Sea may herald ecosystem disaster
The sea has a dead zone the size of Texas, and it's growing bigger every year because of sewage and fertilizer flowing into the waters. A Noctiluca bloom in the Arabian Sea, spotted by satellite. (Photo: Norman
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Toxic tornado twirls above Iceland volcano 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Toxic tornado twirls above Iceland volcano
The tornado over the Holuhraun lava flow was likely a spinning ribbon of sulfur dioxide gas. By: Becky Oskin, LiveScience Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM On Sept. 3, gas tornadoes (seen here in infrared) spewed from
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Interesting Home Extension in London Featuring Brick Walls and Sliding Glass Doors
Collect this idea Commissioned to provide a new kitchen and living room for a couple whose children had recently moved out, London studio Tigg Coll Architects implemented an original home extension. This addition connects
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Modern Home With Large Entertainment Areas and Ocean Views: Pearl Bay Residence
Collect this idea Gavin Maddock Design Studio completed the development of Pearl Bay Residence, an impressive retreat located 90kms north of Cape Town, South Africa and bordered by a nature reserve adjoining the ocean. A
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Colorful Scandinavian Apartment Infused With Rich and Inspiring Details
Collect this idea Looking for ways to add dynamics to your home? Have a look at this colorful Scandinavian apartment filled up with rich and tasteful decorating elements! Found by Freshome on Alvhem, this four room
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Sustainable House Design Paying Tribute to Modern Technology in Hong Kong
Collect this idea An existing 40-year old house in Sha Tin district, Hong Kong was recently given a complete make-over by the architects at Millimeter Interior Design Limited. Overall costs were lowered by building the
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Private Contemporary Home in Mexico Balancing Seclusion and Openness 
Collect this idea Imagine coming home at dusk to this marvelous contemporary home! With an illuminated facade composed of sleek design lines, this 7,168 square feet villa in Hermosillo, Mexico, is a private home holding
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Confined Argentinian Home Arranged Around a Small Courtyard Illuminating Modern Spaces
Collect this idea Within the confinement of a small plot, a modern home offering an open layout for enjoying both the inside and outdoors might seem close to impossible. But then again, architects have a way to
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Hillside Dream Home Embedding Dramatic Panoramas Into Casual Californian Lifestyle
Collect this idea Beautifully isolated to shape a luxurious environment, the Holmby Hills Residence rests on a 57,250 square feet site in Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Los Angeles, so you can see where it gets its name from. The
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Small Apartment in Stockholm Encapsulating A Glass-Walled Bedroom
Collect this idea This small apartment in Stockhom, Sweden impressed us with its original layout and stylish decorating scheme. Discovered by Freshome on Svensk Fastighets, the 34 square-meter crib displays comfortable
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10 Exterior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know
Collect this idea There are some basic exterior design lessons that everyone should know about. Image Source: Cardello Architects While we all want a spectacular home that stands out amongst the rest; we also want a home
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Seattle’s First Certified Passive House: Modern Family Home Marrying Luxury and Sustainability
Collect this idea What you are about to visualize is the architecture and interior design of one of Washington State’s most energy efficient homes. Occupying 252 square meters in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood,
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Young coral won't move into smelly ocean neighborhoods
Deciding where to live is important for the continuation of marine species, and coral and fish have evolved so that they can identify polluted areas. Corals thrive in the marine protected area of Votua Village in Fiji, a
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The surprising reason hummingbirds love sweet stuff
Scientists want to know why hummingbirds have kept their sweet receptors when the rest of their winged cousins have lost them. Hummingbirds are constantly wavering between a sugar rush and starvation, and to find stability,
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How to see the Milky Way in the summer night sky
You'll need a clear and moonless sky away from the lights of nearby cities to catch even a glimpse of our home galaxy. The Milky Way shines over the Bumpass Hell parking area in Lassen Volcanic National Park on Aug. 2 in
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Is heat trapped in the ocean responsible for the global warming 'pause'?
A new study puts a lot of the focus on the Atlantic Ocean, but some scientists remain convinced that the Pacific has played a larger role. Where, oh where, is the planet's missing heat? In 1999, the feverish rise in Earth's
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Could virtual reality convert skeptics into environmentalists?
A new breed of virtual reality games promises to not just teach about the environment, but change people's behaviors too. Photo: Igor ZH/Shutterstock The New Forest National Park in England recently opened a Tech Creche, a
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No one, not even animals, can copyright animal selfies
The U.S. Copyright Office recently ruled that photos taken by animals belong in the public domain, but photographer David Slater argues there's more to his 'monkey selfie' than meets the eye. In 2011, British photographer David
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Why Italian Household Goods Are The Best Choice
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Minimalist “Catch the Views House” Frames Nature’s Perfection with Charming Design Lines
Collect this idea When your home is known as the “Catch The Views House “, the sheer joy of living each day overlooking unique panoramic landscapes can be enough to motivate you in the morning. And when your home is
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Intriguing LASSO Lamp Showcasing A Powerful Minimalist Design
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Modern Residence With a Luminous Character in Singapore: 65BTP-House
Collect this idea ONG&ONG Pte Ltd. completed the design and development of 65BTP-House, a private residence with a luminous contemporary character in Singapore. The project is surrounded by a vast garden that converges
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Edinburgh University is set to launch a series of six free online courses in Autumn 2012, one of which is titled: “Introduction to Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life”. The course involves five lectures to be presented online and will result in a certificate to all that complete it. Edinburgh is teaming up with Princeton and Stanford universities in an effort to make available undergraduate courses to a global audience for free as part of the Coursera consortium. According to Edinburgh University spokesperson, Ranald Leask: “Something like extraterrestrial life comes out of a wide and deep base of knowledge and academic endeavour.” Leask is referring to the progress made by the scientific community in confirming the existence of distant exoplanets and that some of these have the right conditions for hosting life as we know it. Princeton was the first U.S. university to offer a degree in astrobiology. Now thanks to Edinburgh University, astrobiology courses that focus on questions concerning the existence of extraterrestrial life are going global.

Edinburgh’s “Search for Extraterrestrial Life” course will be taught by Professor Charles Cockell who has authored two books on Mars, worked for NASA, and is the current Director for the UK Center for Astrobiology. Cockell’s course will examine questions such as “Is there life on other planetary bodies?” and “How is it distributed throughout the Universe?”

According to Rory Reynolds from the Scotsman:

The first two weeks of the course explore the origins of life and how beings survive in extreme environments, with the focus in the third week moving to the possibility of life being discovered on other planets. The final week includes asking how contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence would be dealt with and what would be the impact on society. It concludes with the question “who would represent Earth?” in the event of first contact.

The course is a direct result in the ongoing discovery of exoplanets, some of which have been confirmed to exist in the habitable region of their suns. This has sparked a number of academic conferences focusing on the social and political impact of the discovery of extraterrestrial life. Two were hosted by the Royal Society of London in 2010, and led to much media interest over scientific speculations over the likely motivations of extraterrestrial life. The most notable has been Prof Stephen Hawkings’ view about space faring extraterrestrials being more likely predatory in nature than friendly.

Recent advances in space telescopes have now made it possible to detect alien metropolises on distant worlds. On May 8, 2012, NASA announced: “NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a “super-Earth” beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets.” According to Dario Borghino from Gizmag: “This marks the first time that light has been detected from a planet of such a small size, and the find is telling astrophysicists where to look in their search for signs of life on planets beyond our own.”

The question to be examined in the final week of the Edinburgh Unniversity course, “who would represent Earth” in the case of contact is very significant. It first came to public prominence in 2010 in relation to Dr Mazlan Othman from the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs who was a presenter at the Royal Society astrobiology conference in October 2010. There was much media speculation over a story in the Sunday Times mistakenly claiming that Dr Othman would represent Earth on behalf of all humanity. In an earlier talk, Othman did say however:

The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day human kind will receive signals from extraterrestrials. When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.

Edinburgh University’s upcoming “Introduction to Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life” course will open up an exciting new era in the study of extraterrestrial life. Core questions regarding the existence and societal implications of extraterrestrial life are being raised by respected scientists, and will now be discussed by students around the world. According to Jeff Haywood, vice principal of the University of Edinburgh, the number of students for the online course is potentially 100,000 students or more. That projected enrollment figure is in itself a remarkable possibility. Whether 100,000 students enroll or not, it is clear that the scholarly study of extraterrestrial life and its societal implications has entered mainstream scientific discourse and is now going global.

[Special Notice: The author teaches a course in the Exopolitics Institute’s Certification Program titled: The Science, Spirituality and Politics of Extraterrestrial Life. Fall Semester classes begin in early September. More info here.

© Copyright 2012. Michael E. Salla. Exopolitics.org

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