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New species discovered beneath ocean crust

Former NAI postdoc Alberto Robador’s new paper, published this week in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, garners attention. Some press releases: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-01/uosc-nsd011415.php http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-microbe-undersea-aquifer-20150114-story.html

Artist’s impression of the Gliese 667C system

State of Super-Earths

Observations have indicated that a new class of objects dubbed super-Earths could be among the most common type of planets orbiting other stars. In a paper in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences and an interview with the Astrobiology Magazine, UHNAI team member Nadir Haghighipour reviews the latest discoveries for insight into how these planets form and whether such worlds could be habitable.

Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award

Award Winner: UHNAI Scientist, G. Jeffrey Taylor

UHNAI Scientist, G. Jeffrey Taylor, receives 2011 Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Award, presented by the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) on July 19 at the Lunar Science Forum at NASA Ames Research Center. The Shoemaker Award, presented annually to a scientist who has contributed significantly to the field of lunar science throughout his or her career, is named after Eugene M. Shoemaker (1928-1997), considered a founder of the fields of lunar and planetary geology.

Studies of interstellar clouds such as IC 1396, seen on the left, may teach us about the presence of water molecules in star-forming environments. Our Sun and planetary system most likely formed in a very similar environment. Courtesy Canada-France-Hawaii
Telescope/J.-C. Cuillandre/Coelum.

UH Astrobiology Team Studies Water and Life in the Universe

How does life begin and evolve? Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? What is the future of life on Earth and beyond? Today, NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI) is not only asking these age-old questions, it is actively seeking answers. In June 2003, it selected as its first cross-disciplinary team a group of UH researchers… Read more »