NSN Webinar: The Hot Spring Hypothesis for the Origin of Life & the Search for Life in the Universe

NSN Webinar: The Hot Spring Hypothesis for the Origin of Life & the Search for Life in the Universe

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Images: NASA/David Deamer and Bruce Damer

Night Sky Network members joined us on April 25, when Dr. Bruce Damer and Prof. David Deamer from NASA's Astrobiology Institute shared the latest research into the origins of life in the universe.

In recent years, an approach to the long standing question of "how did life begin?" has returned to Charles Darwin's original intuition of "a warm little pond." Evidence from chemistry, geology and complexity science is accumulating to support a beginning for life on Earth, over four billion years ago, in fluctuating hot spring pools. Dr. Damer and  will outline this new scenario and take us out into the solar system to Mars, Enceladus and beyond to exoplanets to address how this might inform our search for evidence life in the universe.

About David Deamer
David Deamer is a Research Professor of Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Deamer received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Duke University in 1961, and PhD in Physiological Chemistry at the Ohio State University School of Medicine, 1965. Deamer is the author or co-author of 200 research papers and review articles, and the author/editor of 12 books, including Origins of Life (2010), co-edited with Jack Szostak, and First Life (2011) published by UC Press.  His research has been featured in NOVA and National Geographic programs related to artificial life and the origin of life. A cover article in the August 2017 Scientific American described a hypothetical scenario about how life can begin on a habitable planet like the early Earth. The hypothesis has a foundation in laboratory experiments and observations in volcanic hydrothermal conditions, and is a joint effort of Deamer and Bruce Damer.

Discover additional astrobiology resources in the NSN Outreach Toolkit Life in the Universe: Are We Alone?

The NASA Astrobiology Institute has a range of resources to bring this fascinating subject to your outreach events.  Life on Earth... and Elsewhere? is a classic resource for bringing astrobiology into a classroom.  The activities are adaptable for informal settings.
 

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NSN Webinar: The Hot Spring Hypothesis for the Origin of Life & the Search for Life in the Universe

Night Sky Network members joined us on April 25, when Dr. Bruce Damer and from NASA's Astrobiology Institute shared the latest research into the origins of life in the universe.

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