Posted by BC on August 21st, 2008
Some of us are fortunate in that we have access to conferences where we can go to hear programs on the latest research. Some of us are not as fortunate and have to rely on printed material for our information. Now we can go to a web site and download lectures by researchers presenting their findings. The downloads are free MPG files, and the topics are current. The lectures are more of a non-technical nature, so don’t think that they will be hard to understand.
Some titles include: “The Allen Telescope Array: The Newest Pitchfork for Exploring the Cosmic Haystack” by Dr. Jill Tarter; “New Worlds and Yellowstone: How Common Are Habitable Planets?” by Dr. Geoff Marcy; “Taking a Hit: Asteroid Impacts and Evolution” by Dr. David Morrison; and others.
The lecture files are sponsored by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), the SETI Institute, NASA’s Ames Research Center, and the Foothill College Astronomy Program. You can go to the ASP site to download the file for a wonderful lecture of your choice. The ASP has other educational venues available online for those who feel like exploring.