Selecting the Europa Payload

For years, Europa’s potential habitability has tantalised the Astrobiology community, prompting the National Research Council to designate the exploration of this icy world a top science priority for the decade 2013-2022. Now, much to the delight of space advocates, Europa is receiving the focus it deserves, with NASA recently listing nine instruments to comprise the […]

Back Pain Study Highlights Value of Evolutionary Understanding

In 2008, Dr. Richard Dawkins hosted a documentary titled, The Genius of Charles Darwin, for which he interviewed, among others, Randolph Nesse. Nesse talked about the value in medical practitioners fully understanding and appreciating human biological history. A recent study published in BMC Evolutionary Biology discusses the ancestral shape hypothesis in the context of intervertebral […]

New Study Sheds Light on the Evolutionary History of Snakes

A recently published study by Hsiang et al. (2015) has provided fascinating insights into the origins of snakes, contributing to the scientific discussion surrounding their biological history. Whilst snakes comprise 3,400 living species today, pinpointing their evolution and determining the nature of their original ancestor has proved rather difficult. Snake evolution seems to be a […]

A Creative Approach to Astrobiology Education

Critical thinking is essential to the scientific process. A study, published in Astrobiology, recently caught my attention for its authors’ unique model for improving the critical thinking abilities of astrobiology students. Howell (2015) provides a useful overview of the Foster & Lemus study, which is well worth reading. As Dawkins highlighted in 1998, the notion […]