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  • ASU Launches 'Dear Aliens' Writing Contest

  • Posted on February 24, 2011 - 2:30pm
  • What would you say to an extraterrestrial intelligent life form if you were contacted from outer space? Would you tell it about mountains, deserts, rain forests and oceans? Would you attempt to explain humankind’s efforts to create a greener planet?

  • A Romp Into Theories of the Cradle of Life

  • Posted on February 24, 2011 - 9:30am
  • Two dozen chemists, geologists, biologists, planetary scientists and physicists gathered here recently to ponder where and what Eden might have been.

  • Scientists Debate Life's Origins

  • Posted on February 11, 2011 - 2:00pm
  • Renowned scientists in fields ranging from astrobiology to genetics disputed the origin of life on Earth as we know it and the definition of life itself during a panel discussion titled "The Greate Debate: What is Life?" at Arizona State University on February 12.

  • Lucy Hawking, Origins Project Writer-in-Residence

  • Posted on December 5, 2010 - 9:30am
  • ASU Origins Project Writer-in-Residence, Lucy Hawking, will be speaking at the Arizona Science Center on December 5 at 2 pm. Hawking has a knack for translating complex scientific concepts into language accessible by the general public, particularly children.

  • The Great Debate: Can Science Tell Us Right From Wrong?

  • Posted on November 6, 2010 - 2:30pm
  • Close to 2,000 people packed Gammage Auditorium on November 6 to hear a distinguished panel of scientists and philosophers discuss whether recent advances in neuroscience and evolutionary theory have transformed the way we think about morality.

  • Robert Boyd: Recognizing the Role of Culture in Human Evolution

  • Posted on September 21, 2010 - 9:00am
  • In this talk, Boyd argued that both our exceptional adaptability and our propensity for folly stem from the fact that humans, unlike any other animal, acquire important components of their behavior by observing the behavior of others.