Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


New astrobiology group formed

New astrobiology group formed


A new group of the Royal Astronomical Society (RASNZ) has been established to foster the local astrobiology community.

The Astrobiology Group aims to inspire interest in the field through newsletters, educational programmes and outreach events. Its formation was approved by RASNZ at their 91st annual conference, held in June, 2014.

Astrobiology is the study of the origin and future of life in the universe. It also examines whether life exists beyond Earth, and if so, how humans might detect it.

The field is especially interesting because it combines many scientific disciplines, such as physics, chemistry and geology, in order to study life on Earth and potential life in space.

Coordinator Haritina Mogosanu says the Astrobiology Group is looking for expressions of interest to help stimulate the group. “You don’t have to be a RASNZ member to join the Astrobiology Group but we would encourage you to do so and support the great work of the Society,” she says.

New Zealand is considered to be an excellent field site for astrobiology research, due to its unique geological features and scientific community, says Haritina. “There is a network of scientists through New Zealand with excellent credentials in fields relating to astrobiology,” she says.

Those interested in joining the group can visit its website or email Haritina Mogosanu on haritina@milkywaykiwi.org


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Auckland Surge, Possible Peak: House Values Accelerate At Fastest Annual Pace In 8 Years

New Zealand residential property values rose at their fastest annual pace in eight years in August, pushed higher by overflowing demand in Auckland, which is showing signs speculators think it has reached its peak, according to Quotable Value. More>>

ALSO:

Cash Money: Reserve Bank Launches New $5 And $10 Banknotes

The $5 and $10 final banknotes were revealed at an event at the Bank in Wellington, and will start to be released from mid-October 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Truck Sales Booted: Commerce Commission Files Charges Against Mobile Trader

The Commerce Commission has filed charges against a mobile trader, or truck shop operator, claiming he obtained money from customers by deception and never intended to supply them with the goods they paid for. More>>

ALSO:

Planes: Jetstar Launches Regional Network

Jetstar, the Qantas Airways budget offshoot, launched its new regional network in New Zealand with special $9 one-way fares and has narrowed down its choices to five routes and four destinations - Nelson, Napier, New Plymouth, and Palmerston North. More>>

ALSO:

Fisheries: Report On Underrsize Snapper Catch

The report found that commercial fishers caught 144 tonnes of undersized snapper in the Snapper 1 area – about 3% of the total commercial catch – in the year ending February 2015. The area stretches from the top of the North Island to the Bay of Plenty and is one of New Zealand’s most important fisheries. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news