Science snippets

  • New Scientist have published their most clicked online stories for 2006. My favourite is Imagine Earth Without People. If we all vanished tomorrow, there’d be almost no traces of us left within just a few million years.
  • The American Astronomical Society are holding their 2007 meeting. In the news – suggestions that the Viking landers might have destroyed the microbial life that they were looking for back in the 1970s, because extremophilic adaptations weren’t understood at the time. It raises questions such as “how do you design experiments when you don’t know what you’re looking for” and “if there’s life other than what we know – how can we know it”? I tell you, Gilbert Levin will be vindicated any day now.