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Is the study of astrophysics self-indulgent?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2013 • 15

Is the study of astrophysics self-indulgent? I was caught aback by that assertion, made by a recent graduate in the latest issue of the Brown University alumni magazine.

Report from the Starship Century Conference: Monday

Jon Lomberg • May 21, 2013 • 11

This week Jon Lomberg is attending the Starship Century conference, which brings together scientists, writers, and futurists to imagine the future of interstellar travel. The organizers are Greg and Jim Benford, and among the attendees are: David Brin, Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge, Joe Haldeman, Alan Steele, Geoffrey Landis, Freeman Dyson, Jill Tarter, Paul Davies, Nalaka Gunawardene, and Daniel Richter.

Better conference talks

Emily Lakdawalla • April 04, 2013 • 29

I've been to a lot of conferences and seen a lot of talks and it's amazing to me how a bad presentation can get in the way of really exciting science. Here are my recommendations for how to approach a talk, and tips and tricks to make your talk better.

An editorial on the LPSC 2013 oral sessions

Emily Lakdawalla • March 28, 2013 • 6

In which I complain just a little bit about talks at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Scientists: Register to be a Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Microblogger!

Emily Lakdawalla • January 30, 2013

Hey planetary scientists! Many of you know that the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) is a great meeting in a venue that is perfect except for one thing: Internet access is positively lousy. So I'm really excited that a solution that I advocated to conference organizers is being adopted.

The Curiosity Kerfuffle: the big (and increasing) difference between data and discovery

Emily Lakdawalla • December 03, 2012 • 17

I'm in San Francisco, reporting from the American Geophysical Union meeting. This morning, there was a much-anticipated press briefing featuring the latest results from Curiosity.

A dispatch from J-school: two short videos

Jason Davis • October 23, 2012

Two short videos produced by Jason Davis on astronomy and planetary science work taking place at the University of Arizona.

Can tweets recap a new media space workshop?

Jason Davis • July 24, 2012 • 1

Recapping the 2012 University of Colorado Laboratory for Atmospheric Space Physics new media workshop with attendees' tweets.

A plea to Mars Science Laboratory team members: write your experiences down

Emily Lakdawalla • July 17, 2012 • 2

In which I beg the people working on Curiosity to write about what happens in the coming weeks, even if you never share those writings publicly.

Happy LPSC Deadline Day, especially to composers of abstract haiku

Emily Lakdawalla • January 10, 2012

January 10, 2012 was a high-stress day for many in the world of planetary geology: the deadline for submission of abstracts for the 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC). One creative coping mechanism for the stress of completing the LPSC abstract submission process is the tradition of capturing the essence of one's work in the seventeen syllables of the Haiku form.

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