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Europa: How does Tidal Heating Work?
#Astrobiology First of all: I know my green screen effect looks terrible. Sorry! I'm working on it!! Hi all, welcome back to another explanation of a phenomenon that may extend the parameters of habitability for not only alien worlds within our solar system, but also for others. Rogue Planets, bizarre oddities that belong to no star system could hypothetically support life. All it takes is an energy source, and tidal flexing or heating is one possible mechanism! Music: Big Rock Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Some source material and more information. I recommend you read and enjoy! https://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/high-tide-on-europa/
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Sea Squirts Eat their own BRAINS!??
Hi everyone. It's been a couple of weeks since my last video (or it feels like it). I've had a lot on, but I haven't stopped working on this channel. This latest video was a labour of love. I hope you enjoy it. If you like my videos, and want to learn more about our world, please subscribe to my channel. It really helps me out! Don't forget to like, comment, share and subscribe! Thanks for watching Ben's Lab! References and further information: http://a-z-animals.com/animals/sea-squirt/ http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/ascidia https://thewondersofchordata.wikispaces.com/Sea+Squirt http://australianmuseum.net.au/ascidians-urochordata http://www.whoi.edu/science/B/people/kamaral/SeaSquirts.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunicate http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artaug98/tuni1.html http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artaug98/tuni1.html Visit the Ben's Lab Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mystnature/ Music: "Mighty Like Us" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "OctoBlues" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 362 Astro Biological
TESS Begins to Search for Exoplanets
#Astrobiology TESS launched in April, but after some time spent calibrating, testing etc, it has finally officially begun it's scientific mission of examining our nearest stellar neighbours for new planets. Every 13.5 days TESS is expected to relay it's findings, and an avalanche of new data should be expected. I look forward to its discoveries. Music: Inspired Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Animations: TESS imagery: NASA's Eyes Transit video: Space Engine The original article I referenced: http://planetaria.ca/2018/07/31/tess-begins-hunt-for-other-earths-opening-new-chapter-in-exoplanet-research/ Also, please excuse the lousy greenscreen effect. It's a temperamental effect. Somedays it looks perfect and others I just can't iron out the mess.
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Astronomers May Have Found Alien Fossils
Are ancient fossils polluting the atmospheres of dead stars? #astrobiology #exoplanets The search for signs of life beyond earth is never ending. There are obvious things to look for, based on our idea of what life needs. Things like water, oxygen, methane and carbon dioxide are all not only important components of planetary habitability, they are also (on earth at least), closely tied in with the presence of life. Therefore, we look for these on exoplanets, in the hope of one day finding alien life somewhere. Science is very rarely as simple as that, and with astrobiology sometimes it's a matter not of seeing a bioindicator directly, (because so far we haven't), but of doing a little educated guess work. Sometimes hopeful possibilities turn up in unexpected places. A white dwarf star is a strange class of object, and fairly rare in the universe. What is it? A typical star, such as our own sun spends most of its lifetime producing heat and light from the fusion of hydrogen. As it ages, Its supply of hydrogen diminishes, and fusion of heavier elements begins. Eventually, fusion within the star stops as it begins fusing iron. At this point, the outward pressure produced by fusion no longer counteracts the stars gravity and it implodes, destroying itself in a tremendous explosion called a supernova. A white dwarf will occasionally form when a star, in the red giant phase of it's life sheds it's outer layers, leaving behind an inert object composed often of carbon and oxygen. A white dwarf is very small and dense, with gravity 350,000 times that on Earth. AND all of this is packed into an object roughly the size of a small city! How are white dwarfs useful to astrobiologists? In my last video I spoke of how researchers may be able to glean information about exoplanet composition by using spectroscopic analysis to examine impact ejecta. This same principle has already been employed with debris orbiting the white dwarf star SDSSJ1043+0855 Despite the fact that white dwarfs are essentially dead stars, many have been observed with clouds of debris and dust around them. It's likely that this debris is the remains of the white dwarfs former planetary system. With the sudden change in status of their parent star, with resulting changes in gravity, orbits decay or falter. Many of these planets have fallen apart, and have become clouds of dust. This material has been observed transiting many white dwarf stars. It turns out that Rufus is encircled by a cloud of fragments and dust, much of which is trapped in it's upper atmosphere. In 2016 observers at the University of Montreal, Canada, found that Rufus is accreting the outer layers of a large, rocky object, which appears to be differentiated much like Earth or Ganymede. On a daily basis, they were able to see changes in the composition of material in the white dwarfs atmosphere. The findings were exciting. Large amounts of carbon, in addition to calcium and oxygen. Sounds pretty dull, right, but here on Earth that combination of elements often manifests as calcium carbonate, which is the main component of limestone. Limestone is a mineral formed from the remains of shelled organisms, which produce their shells from: calcium carbonate. What does that mean? Is there a limestone encrusted world breaking up in a decaying orbit and crumbling down towards oblivion? Was this now dead world home to some form of life that also employs calcium carbonate as clams and mussels do? Obviously this find warrants a closer look, and future observation with the James Webb Space Telescope could confirm the presence of calcium carbonate polluting Rufus. In the spirit of not jumping to conclusions, calcium carbonate can also have non biological origins. But there is definitely reason to examine this system further, and others like it. Again, this kind of finding also chimes in with the concept in my impacts video of using dust and debris from impacts to determine exoplanet compositions. We can't see them clearly yet, but now we can see INSIDE them! That could yield even more valuable information about the presence of life. Music: The Complex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ James Webb Space Telescope video: NASA/JPL White Dwarf System/Impact Animations: Universe Sandbox 2 Stock Footage: Pixabay Further Reading: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/05/120507-white-dwarfs-stars-eating-earths-planets-space-science/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612282/ https://www.nature.com/articles/nature15527 http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/planet-devouring-star-reveals-possible-limestone-crumbs/?lang=en
Views: 114 Astro Biological
What is the Goldilocks Zone?
What is the Goldilocks Zone? It sounds silly, but that's what I'm all about. Let me get to the bottom of this mystery for you! Hi all. It’s been a while I’m ashamed to admit. I’ve been working on a new Facebook group to raise the profile of my channel. It’s been fun. Here is the link (hint: join the group!) Here is my newest video. A basic breakdown of what exactly the Goldilocks (or circumstellar habitable) zone is, and it’s importance to life on Earth. If you like the channel please subscribe! I’ve also provided the script/transcript for my upcoming episode of “Astro-Biological:”, which introduces us to the concept of the Goldilocks Zone…. G’day! Welcome to Astro-biological:! Porridge! Life. Porridge! Life! Ben what the heck are you talking about? What’s the connection? Let’s go check out THE GOLDILOCKS ZONE!!!! INTRO BIT Life, as I like to remind you, is really special. Here on earth, life exists only because certain conditions are met. Today, we’ll consider water. Everything needs it, but it only exists as a liquid at the surface here on Earth. So? Big deal right? Well it is actually! Check out the sun. Giver of life! Driver of climate! Pumping out some pretty respectable energy. How much? 384.6 yottawatts. Yotta whatta? 1 yottawatt equals 10 with 26 zeroes after it! Brutal! And the sun is a pretty average star! Nothing special about it!So there’s plenty of sunlight for everyone! Could other planets benefit from the sun’s golden goodness the way we do? Let’s take a look at the inner planets. They’re the only ones that really matter in all this… Let’s see…Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. The rocky planets. The so called “Terrestrial Planets”. Mercury is 58 million kilometres from the sun. That’s really close. This close proximity has turned Mercury’s surface into an oven, where liquid water couldn’t possibly last. Let’s visit the next in line: Venus. Venus is similar to Earth in composition, gravity and size. Long ago Venus might have had oceans just like Earth, but again the planets closeness to the sun and other factors saw all that water disappear into space. Venus is now the hottest place in the solar system. Definitely no liquid water there anymore! Wanna know more about what happened to Earth’s twin? This guy I know made a video! Earth! Beautiful Earth. Our home. Every thing’s home actually. Eighty per cent of earth’s surface is covered by liquid water. There’s so much spare water here that our bodies are mostly made up of it! It’s absolutely everywhere, even locked up deep in the earth’s crust! Enough of earth. We’ve all been there. Next planet out: Mars. The cool planet. Every one wants to go here. Pity it’s so cold! Liquid water may exist here in tiny amounts, but most of the red planet’s water is locked up as ice or permafrost just below it’s surface. Plenty there for future colonists to use, but nothing readily available for biological processes. Pity. It’s a beautiful planet. Just ask Matt Damon! So what is the Goldilocks Zone then? Here’s the inner solar system. Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. Let’s visit a special guest who can explain the Goldilocks Zone for us… Chef Ben bit. (Watch the video when it’s up!) Nice work Chef! So, if Earth was a bowl of porridge it would be the one Goldilocks ate: the one that was just right! it’s that simple! Earth is lucky enough to be at the perfect distance from the sun, where water likes to slosh around in liquid form. Things would be a lot different here if that wasn’t the case. So that’s it for now! A simple but important piece of information. The Goldilocks Zone! How am I going so far? If you thought I was alright, then subscribe for more. If you thought this video was useful to you, then give it a like! Likes help this channel get noticed. That little notifications bell is just the thing if you want to see more. Go on. You know you want to. Thanks for watching astrobiological. Giving you the universe in plain human. Ciao! Music: Olde Timey: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Big Rock: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Stock Footage: Pixabay Space animations: Android: Solar System Scope Desktop: Universe Sandbox 2, Space Engine -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 577 Astro Biological
Ben's Lab: How far are the planets from the Sun?
Hi all. I thought a little list like this would be a good idea for when people are wondering about these things. How far are the planets? Add this video to your go to space playlist, or use it to help with homework! Music: Incompetech.com -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Who was Christiaan Huygens?
#ChristiaanHuygens #Titan #sciencehistory #Astronomy I am not Dutch! All attempts to properly pronounce Christiaan Huygens are just that: attempts! Christiaan Huygens was a formidable scientific mind and thinker of the seventeenth century. Amongst his myriad achievements, the discovery of the scientifically important moon of Titan. This cloud-wrapped world is of primary importance to astrobiologists, who believe that Titan quite possibly has native life. What would Christiaan Huygens have made of these new findings and insights. He did so much with a home made telescope. Just imagine what he would make of todays discoveries and images? Music: Inspired: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Further Reading: http://www.sci-news.com/space/planetaryscience/hydrocarbon-seas-titan-calm-05016.html https://www.astrobio.net/also-in-news/new-insights-titans-complex-chemistry/ http://spaceref.com/nasa-hack-space/building-an-alien-ocean-to-test-space-submarines.html https://australiascience.tv/titans-secrets-unveiled-in-unprecedented-detail-in-new-topographic-map/?utm_content=buffer45c7c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer https://www.astrobio.net/also-in-news/cassini-finds-saturn-moon-sea-level-like-earth/ https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/ast.2015.1422 http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/%22scientists-plan-to-sail-on-lakes-of-saturns-largest-moon-titan%22/1009193/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantijn_Huygens -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Does Titan Harbour Life?
#astrobiology #exobiology #Titan #solarsystem A look under the thick haze which blankets Titan, the second largest moon in the solar system, and the only natural satellite to possess it's own atmosphere. In fact, the atmosphere on Titan is thicker than that on Earth! Titan is believed by many scientists to resemble ancient Earth; sometime before life appeared. For this reason Titan may be a laboratory offering a glimpse into conditions that gave rise to life! Music: Floating Cities Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Big Rock Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Titan animations: Space Engine Stock Images: Pixabay Titan Descent: NASA/ESA References and Resources http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Cassini-Huygens/Sounds_of_an_alien_world http://sci.esa.int/science-e-media/video/32/899_Huygens_Descent+narration_14Jan2015.mp4 http://sci.esa.int/cassini-huygens/47599-titan-canyon-country/ https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1609.html https://www.nasa.gov/jpl/cassini/nasa-and-esa-celebrate-10-years-since-titan-landing HUD effects:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIlF5Q9jlZc -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 143 Astro Biological
Europa and Life from Earth
Hi all. My latest video is about life beyond Earth, and asks a couple of questions: how could it get there? I look at some of the ways life may have appeared on Earth, and then look outward, to one of my favourite places in the whole solar system- Europa! This mysterious moon of Jupiter could be a dream come true for astrobiologists someday, and I do a little daydreaming in this video. More information and material used: How many planets are there in our galaxy? https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2233.html protein image: By Thomas Splettstoesser (www.scistyle.com) - Own work (rendered with Cinema 4D), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20471243 DNA animation By brian0918™ - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=404735 Stock video footage: www.pixabay.com Music: Kevin Macleod via Incompetech.com -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Exploring Subsurface Oceans in the Outer Solar System
#Astrobiology Water worlds are keeping their secrets from us, but not for long! We've sent a veritable armada of robotic missions to the outer solar system and beyond. But two worlds: Europa and Enceladus are significant to astrobiologists. Why? Because they both realistically could harbour life. Enceladus and Europa are moons of Saturn and Jupiter espectively. Much evidence exists for liquid oceans of salty water beneath layers of ice several kilometres thick. The discovery of molecular hydrogen beneath the icy shell of Enceladus suggests the presence of hydrothermal vents. This is because molecular hydrogen is released from deep sea hydrothermal vents on Earth, providing the basis for certain microbial food chains, which in turn feed other organisms. Strangely enough, the hydrogen and some interesting organic chemistry from this subsurface ocean was detected in Space! The Cassini mission conducted a fly by, approaching Enceladus from a very low orbit. It sampled alien sea water from vast plumes, which periodically erupt from the ice, reaching heights of up to 80 km! The findings from examination of these plumes, as well as Europa put these places high on the list for astrobiologists. So what could we do to explore them? Missions are planned. The Europa Clipper mission will launch in the late 2020s. Like Cassini, the Clipper will attain very low orbit and "graze" the moon, obtaining samples of its ocean which have been sent up by geysers and impacts. But what about exploring the actual oceans themselves? Whilst a technical challenge, much research is and has gone into ideas for some exotic submarine exploration. Some of the best designs come from nature, and engineers at Cornell University came up with a submarine robotic probe based on earth organisms such as squid, lampreys and jellyfish. Taking advantage of so called "soft robotics", such designs would be able to take advantage of the high pressure, and extremely variable environments they might encounter in their search for life. Other submarine designs are being presently tested, and are a little more traditional, but no less high tech, such as this probe which has been tested in an environment which could be quite similar to Europa or Enceladus: beneath Antarctic ice in the southern Ocean. The oceans on these worlds are deep: up to 100 km. They contain chemical mixes suitable for the Genesis of life, and likely some really strange, unique phenomena, such as currents of glass snow. What else could be down there? Thanks for watching AstroBiological, giving you the universe in plain human. Subscribe to this channel and turn on notifications. That way you'll never miss out! See you next time. Music: The Complex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Further Reading and Resources: http://ciclops.org/view_popup.php?id=2826 https://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/complex-organic-molecules-discovered-in-enceladus-plumes-could-hint-at-life/amp/ https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/3023/hydrothermal-activity/ https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/aerospace/space-flight/sxsw-2018-looking-for-life-on-europa-enceladus-and-titan https://motherboard.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/jpym5x/alien-hunting-sub-europa-artemis-stone-aerospace Hydrothermal vents video: https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/underwatervolcanoes/ Animations: Cassini: Universe Sandbox 2 Enceladus and Europa: Solar System Scope Pro for Android Europa submarine: https://www.lsu.edu/science/news_events/cos-news-events/SPINDLE.php AstroBiological on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/
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Ganymede Magnetic Field May Help Detect Exoplanets!
#Astrobiology Sincere Apologies! The video I just put up didn't match the description and thumbnail. OOPS!! This has been fixed, and the video some of you may have just watched is complete and will be going up in a couple of days! Apologies again. From an article in Planetaria, a fantastic blog exploring alien worlds, and my new go-to source of news! Jupiter's moon Ganymede is found to be producing some exceptionally strong electromagnetic waves. These waves are known as "chorus waves", as they can be converted into sound, which we would hear as: The universe talks to us! Ganymede is the second largest moon in the solar system after Titan, and is larger than the planet Mercury. One of the four Gallilean moons, Ganymede's magnetic field is internally produced, unlike that of it's sister moon Europa, whose field is induced by Jupiter's powerful magnetic field. This magnetism is the result of a highly differentiated internal structure. This means that like Earth, Ganymede has an active molten core, which interacts with upper layers, and also results in the presence of a subsurface ocean. Earth's magnetic field is the result of it's molten core and convection of molten iron and rock through the lower and upper mantle. Ganymede has a field like this, but it's a million times stronger than our own! This field results in the generation of powerful auroras, which are a familiar phenomenon on earth. Ganymede's complex structure is thought to be the result of a fairly quick formation period. During the formation of the solar system, Jupiter ( the oldest of the planets) was still an accreting cloud of gas and dust: a mini nebula much like the solar nebula forming around it. Within this Jovian nebula dozens or maybe hundreds of smaller worlds were accreting: emerging from the primordial Jovian cloud. Proto-Ganymede accreted quickly, within about 10000 years, and so it's various layers were unable to disperse and homegenise within the moons structure. This can be inferred from the structure of other Jovian moons such as Callisto, which are shown to have an extremely homogeneous internal composition; indicating a more protracted period of accretion and formation. Most likely on the order of about 100000 years. Jupiter displays impressive aurora as well. These are the result of interactions betweens it's magnetic field and charged particles issuing from the highly volcanic moon Io. Aurora and magnetic phenomena have been observed on exoplanets, in particular on mysterious objects known as brown dwarfs. These "failed stars" are quite common in the galaxy, and present a magnetic laboratory for astrobiologists and planet hunters. Methods of detection and analysis of exo-magnetic fields such as these will not only aid scientists in understand the formation of planets and stars, but also in the detection of exoplanets, and assessing their habitability. Remember, life on Earth is protected by our magnetic field, so detection of such fields around exotic new worlds could be a hopeful sign. Thanks for watching AstroBiological, giving you the universe in plain human. I hope you've learnt something today. I know I have, and that's what it's all about! I'll see you next time! Find out more: http://planetaria.ca/2018/08/14/jupiters-moon-ganymede-has-powerful-chorus-waves/ Music: Insoired Big Rock Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ My facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/
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A Brief History of Astrobiology
#Astrobiology #ChristiaanHuygen #sciencehistory Join me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/ Astrobiology actually has its roots in the ideas of early scientists such as Nicolas Copernicus and Christiaan Huygens. Svante Arrhenius was instrumental in formulation a central pillar of astrobiology: the panspermia theory This documentary explores some of the minds and ideas that led to the modern science of astrobiology. It's a vast topic, and I couldn't possibly hope to cover it in a few minutes, so more videos like this are on the way. References and Further Reading: https://web.archive.org/web/20141013120648/http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/brunoiuw0.htm#IUW0III https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giordano_Bruno#cite_note-46 http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESA_Publications/ESA_Bulletin_172_4th_quarter http://sci.esa.int/cassini-huygens/39218-huygens-descent-to-titan-surface/ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christiaan_Huygens http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~gent0113/huygens/huygens_ct_en.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svante_Arrhenius https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_Cohn https://web.archive.org/web/20141013120648/http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/brunoiuw0.htm#IUW0III http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/outthere/2014/03/13/cosmos-giordano-bruno-response-steven-soter/#.Wri2qYhubIU http://www.panspermia-theory.com/ Thank you so much to subscribers, and those who engage with videos in the form of comments etc. It all helps the channel! Music: Inspired by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Amazing Facts about Caterpillars
Caterpillars are the larval form of the Insect Order Lepidoptera, which includes butterflies and moths. They are holometabolous, meaning they have two distinct life phases. A caterpillar and an adult butterfly are seemingly completely different, yet they are genetically identical! They are an extreme example of gene expression. This means that all of the differences between us and other species boil down to what genes are expressed, and this is no more apparent than in Lepidoptera and other metabolous insects. The process by which insect larvae metamorphose into their adult forms is explored in this video- albeit at an introductory level :) Music: Incompetech.com Resources and further reading: https://youtu.be/lWbF90-DOts https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/caterpillar-butterfly-metamorphosis-explainer/ http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/14/3-d-scans-caterpillars-transforming-butterflies-metamorphosis/ https://youtu.be/GxyZSzs7Seg http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2013/05/15/see-inside-a-chrysalis-as-it-develops-into-a-butterfly-video/#.WWxLoISGPZ4 https://www.reddit.com/r/Awwducational/comments/23fgax/if_you_cut_open_a_chrysalis_you_would_not_find_a/ Chrysalis stock image: Pixabay For the picky ones out there. the image of imaginal discs is not my own. I am unable to track down the actual article which contains it. I am not going to Harvard reference it, and I sure as heck am not going to pay for access to a journal just so I can get some nice pictures. Here is the URL leading to the article from another site. Soz. http://www.nature.com/nrm/journal/v2/n2/abs/nrm0201_089a.html?foxtrotcallback=true -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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The Brightest Stars in the Universe
Wolf Rayet stars! Cool name, but what are these extremely rare celestial objects? Could our solar system have been born in the fires of a Wolf-Rayet star? Social Media: AstroBiological facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/ Other Social Media in the About tab Look for content created by the WeCreateEdu community, an online collective of youtbube educators striving to rid the world of minecraft walkthroughs, kinder surprise unveilings and actually TEACH YOU STUFF!!!! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSBVqfz2RjL3lBC3DX4aSw References and Further Reading: https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/12/22/scientists-describe-how-solar-system-could-have-formed-bubble-around-giant-star https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf%E2%80%93Rayet_star https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap970103.html http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/cosmos/W/Wolf-Rayet+Star http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/hubble-view-wolf-rayet-stars-intense-and-short-lived https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140701.html http://kookaburra.phyast.pitt.edu/hillier/publications/Wolf_Rayet_paper.pdf https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proplyds_in_the_Orion_Nebula http://astro.uchicago.edu/~vikram/Ionization_Gasdynamic_Simulations_of_Wind_Bubbles.html Music: Blip Stream Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Stock Images: Pixabay Astronomical images: ESA/NASA/JPL Thanks as always to my incredible wife. For everything in life. -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Ants Cleaning Up
Hi and welcome to Ben's Lab. The opportunity to explore is always there. Sometimes it's right beneath your feet! I couldn't resist the chance to get up close and personal with these ants munching away on a dead bird. Gross but interesting. I hope you likey! Please like, comment, share and subscribe! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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NASA Scientist wants to send FISH to Mars!
#Astrobiology Our knowledge of the universe expands everyday, but so far other life is hidden from us. Perhaps we're just not looking the right way. A host of missions, both present and planned will take us to places like Venus, Europa and Mars. Eventually, the first robotic explorers will arrive at an exoplanet. But for now, we have to look within our own Solar system. Life probably won't be anything fancy. Most likely we'll encounter something a little simpler; like bacteria. How would we know if they're there though? We could just look at them directly, like scientists in a lab would do! NASA scientist Melissa Floyd is exploring this concept with a robotic microscope that may be included with future mars mission payloads. It's job, to automate the process of microscopy, enabling future probes to examine martian environments really close up for signs of microbial life. The FISHbot will employ a technique called FISH. This stands for Fluorescence in Situ Hybridisation. In a nutshell FISH works like this. Small segments of special DNA containing fluorescent probes are inserted into a sample. Should the DNA bind with that in the sample, the fluorescence probes are expressed and they emit light, enabling researchers to see a region of DNA or organism of interest by using a fluorescence microscope. It's a way of looking for specific genes. In the case of FISHbot, the test would highlight the presence of anything microbial. The device is essentially a self contained fluorescence microscope, fitted with the ability to prepare slides, and administer the FISH test itself. Pretty cool idea! For now though, we'll probably have to settle for finding microbes. The really cool stuff will be probably be awhile. Thanks for watching AstroBiological, giving you the universe in plain human. Subscribe to this very channel. I'll be your friend! See you next time! Some further reading and resources: https://www.astrobio.net/alien-life/the-next-step-in-nasas-hunt-for-life-scientist-begins-developing-instrument-for-finding-extraterrestrial-bacteria/ https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6836262/ https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scientist-instrument-extraterrestrial-bacteria.html Music: Big Rock Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ My facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/
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16 Psyche: The Metal Asteroid
#astronomy #16psyche #Early solar system *Look for social media links in the About tab! Note: This video is a slightly tweaked rehash of the recently uploaded 16 Psyche video. All content is the same except for the first couple of minutes, where I have removed some superfluous intro sequences. I have also altered the sound a little. For some reason it was quite low. I hope this upgraded video is more enjoyable. Please leave feedback in the comments! Hello Again! Here is my newest: a foray out into the asteroid belt, where we explore the bizarre metal asteroid 16 Psyche! Transcript: Yes Sir! Here we are. Welcome to 16 Psyche. An oddball world really. This place is special for a few reasons. Discovered in 1852 by the Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis, 16 Psyche was named after Psyche, a figure from ancient Greek mythology. The word itself means "Soul". 16 Psyche is pretty big: a ball of metal over 200 km in diameter! It's almost entirely nickel and iron to be more precise, although about 10 percent of its surface is strewn with silicate rock much as you'd find here on good old earth. So this ball of tinfoil from hell comprises nearly one per cent of the mass within the asteroid belt where it lives. It actually lies roughly halfway between Jupiter and Mars, about 3.3 AU from the sun. What's an AU? AU is a very common astronomical term. It means "astronomical unit'. 1 astronomical unit is defined as the distance between Earth and the Sun. This is about 93 million miles or 150 million kilometres. At 3.3 AU this means 16 Psyche lies some 308 million kilometres from the Sun. Wanna know what's really special about this metal asteroid? Two things. First of all, 16 Psyche is extremely valuable. All of that iron and nickel within has been valued at over 10000 quadrillion dollars! Obviously that means a lot of folks would love to mine it for all that metal. A whole bunch of companies have sprung up in the last few years, looking to cash in on asteroids: the next big thing! Personally, I don't care about all that. You wanna know what's really cool about 16 Psyche? It's the exposed core of a long dead protoplanet; the remains of a tiny world maybe 500 km in diameter. This tiny planetoid took a beating during the Late Heavy Bombardment, some 4 billion years ago. In fact, this nameless world may have been impacted by other large bodies up to 8 times. This pounding shattered the outer crust, sending scattered fragments out into the newly forming asteroid belt and leaving behind an exposed core. Scientists would love to study 16 Psyche, because it can teach us a lot about planet formation and how planets work- including our own. Just look at it! Imagine walking on the core of a planet. 16 Psyche gives us an opportunity to see into our own world in a way. It's like a time capsule: a snapshot of a newly forming planet, frozen in time for ever. This is the real value of 16 Psyche, this frozen soul. Let's take one last look and imagine actually being there.... Outro! I hope you've enjoyed watching this episode. It was super fun to make, and if you got something out of it, then subscribe to this channel for more. Join the astrobiological Facebook group, find me on Twitter. Links in the description. Astroniological: giving you the universe in plain human. See you next time! Explore WeCreateEdu: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSBVqfz2RjL3lBC3DX4aSw Music: Big Rock:Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Animations: Space Engine and Solar System Scope (Android) References and Further Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_core#/media/File:Terrestial_Planets_internal_en.jpg https://www.universetoday.com/131738/pure-metal-asteroid-found-with-mysterious-water-deposits/ https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-investigations-for-future-key-planetary-mission https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2017-149 https://theskylive.com/3dsolarsystem?obj=psyche&h=20&m=05&date=2017-06-03 http://www.heavens-above.com/MinorPlanet.aspx?desig=16&lat=0&lng=1&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=CET&cul=en https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16_Psyche -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Could the Moon Ever Have Harboured Life?
#astrobiology #astronomy #moon Did anything ever live on the Moon? Today we'll look at an Interesting new idea: Could the moon ever have harboured life? I'll present to you some new insights into the history and structure of the moon. These findings could bolster the idea the moon could once have been home to life. They aren't definitive evidence, but it's a story worth exploring. The story of the moon is written into the story of life itself. Around four and a half billion years ago, earth itself had only just coalesced from a cloud of gases and dust that eventually gave rise to the entire solar system. Earth is believed to have formed without a moon. In fact, in a sense, earth as we know it today formed as a result of the moon. Picture this. Earth is newly formed. It's a toxic planet with vast areas of it's surface covered by a magma ocean. From the outer solar system it comes. An object roughly the size of mars slams into Earth 1.0. The object has been named Theia. The impact is catastrophic, essentially tearing away the outer surface. Where does all of this crust go? Into space, forming a ring around the newly resurfaced earth. It is this ring, consisting of the fragments of both our world and Theia, that will form the moon. That's the moon in a nutshell. It's influence on the course of life has been fundamental, with a critical role in climate and seasonality via the key role it plays in tides. For over four billion years the moon has stared down upon the world, seeing the march of life with all of it's ups and downs. Has the moon itself been lifeless all this time? It's been our closest neighbour for practically forever. We have always thought of the moon as a dead, hostile place. Today it certainly is. With no atmosphere to speak of, almost no water and lethal solar radiation bombarding it's surface, the consensus of opinion is that the moon is completely devoid of life. But it may not always have been like this. It may be a stretch, but several studies have suggested that at least for a time the moon may have been at least habitable. Perhaps not an oasis of life, but a place that could harbour it. How is this possible? As noted, we all know the moon is hostile to all life. However, the moon is now an inert world, devoid of any geological activity. Once, though, the moon was anything but... Music: The Common Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Further Reading: https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-hunt-for-earths-deep-hidden-oceans-20180711/ https://www.astrobio.net/also-in-news/wsu-researcher-sees-possibility-of-moon-life/amp/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2016/01/30/new-evidence-4-5-billion-year-old-impact-formed-moon/#7ecc4cc0a86e https://earthsky.org/space/new-study-shows-how-the-moon-may-have-been-habitable-early-in-its-history https://www.space.com/35018-mars-support-life-millions-years-curiosity-rover.html Social Media: Twitter: Take a look at Ben Roberts (@Bens_Lab): https://twitter.com/Bens_Lab?s=09 Instagram : Bens_Lab Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/ Check out a great online gift store here!: https://www.redbubble.com/people/AstroBiological?asc=u Moon animations: NASA/JPL, Universe Sandbox
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How do We Directly See Exoplanets?
#astrobiology #exoplanets #astronomy Imaging Exoplanets How close are we to seeing our cosmic neighbours? We've been looking up at the heavens for a long time now, and in the last couple of decades have really been looking into the possibility of life on other worlds. There are a few places in the Solar system that are of interest to astrobiologists: Europa and Enceladus are two examples of places where the conditions for alien life may be just right. However, what about other solar systems? After all, Earth is nothing special. We're just one of billions of planets believed to exist in this galaxy alone. So far we've discovered about 3000 of these other worlds. Most of them are pretty nasty and couldn't harbour life (as we know it). In the interest of simplicity, astrobiologists look for worlds like earth in a variety of ways. There are several methods of detecting planets orbiting other stars. It isn't easy! It was only a few centuries ago that Galilleo first saw some moons of Jupiter using his telescope. It was only about 70 years ago that the first picture of earth from very low orbit was taken from a German V2 rocket during world war two. This image of our own homeworld is now one of the most recognisable images on the planet, right up there with the Golden Arches and Smiley faces. We're getting pretty good at getting some nice images of other locations in the solar system. Mars has it's own Hi res camera on wheels, sending back incredible images of the Red Planet. Seeing planets often hundreds or thousands of light years away is another matter altogether. I've spoken a little about some interesting discoveries made by astronomers using some roundabout ways to infer details about exoplanets. Check out my alien limestone video. It'll get you thinking. Imagine what we could tell about an exoplanet if we could actually see it! Check out my latest blog post: https://benslab.blog/2018/10/31/39-light-years-part-two/ Music: Jellyfish in Space Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Further Reading: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/news/a-four-planet-system-in-orbit-directly-imaged-and-remarkable/ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_directly_imaged_exoplanets http://www.planetary.org/explore/space-topics/exoplanets/direct-imaging.html https://kipac.stanford.edu/highlights/directly-imaging-exoplanets-or-seeing-alien-worlds https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.space.com/31497-exoplanets-direct-imaging-next-big-thing.html https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/resources/2130/coronagraph-explanation-2-minutes/ https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronagraph Check out my latest blog posts: https://benslab.blog AstroBiological on facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/
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All about flies
The amazing tale of flies! The evolutionary adaptations! The amazing abilities! The love of dog poo! Yes, this video has it all. Flies are much maligned (mainly by me), but like all insects they are fascinating creatures, with many secrets to uncover. I had great fun learning about them, and even gained a little more respect for them. Enjoy and subscribe to Ben's Lab! More Information: http://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/housefly3.htm Carboniferous image: Bibliographisches Institut - Meyers Konversationslexikon. http://susi.e-technik.uni-ulm.de:8080/Meyers2/index/index.html Fly anatomy: By Original: User:Al2 Derivative work: Giancarlodessi Derivative work: Georg-Johann (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Housefly GIF: Edwin R. Griff, Thomas C. Kane Advances in Physiology Education Published 1 June 2010 Vol. 34 no. 2, 106-110 DOI: 10.1152/advan.00068.2009 Music: "Mighty Like Us" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Redefining the Habitable Zone
#astrobiology #exoplanets #exobiology #habitablezone #space The discovery of the first confirmed exoplanet (or planet outside our solar system) in 1995 got researchers to seriously believe we may just find life out there. Why not? That isn’t a scientific response, but life is incredibly improbable. The amount of unbelievable coincidences that enabled life to appear on Earth is incredible. It seems everything had to be just right, or life just never would have happened. Just like the proverbial bowl of porridge, which actually leads to the topic of this post. A certain famous little girl of fairy tale fame lent her name to the region around a star at which liquid water can exist in a stable form on the surface. More precisely, this region, or “Goldilocks Zone” is the distance from a star: the sweet spot where liquid water exists. To be more precise again, the Goldilocks zone is a function of stellar luminosity and output. That means that the more energetic a star is, the further out it’s Goldilocks or habitable zone is. Extremely simplistic, but that’s us in a nutshell. We happen to be just the right distance from our sun. Because life has only been found here (as far as we’re aware), we naturally think that life will tend to favour “earthlike” conditions somewhere else. That does makes some sense. However, does all life in the universe necessarily exist on a rocky, watery world that essentially is just another Earth? It may not have to be the case. Much recent thinking has been directed towards redefining the habitable zone. Our solar system is one of countless billions estimated to exist in our galaxy alone. As researchers discover more exo-solar systems it’s becoming apparent that maybe our corner of the galaxy is actually quite unusual. For astrobiology to start kicking goals it’s important to think outside the square. For that reason we take a look at the habitable zone as we know it and stretch it’s limits. Music: "The Complex", "The Great Unknown" by audionatix.com Further Reading and Resources: The little Venus VR clip was produced by this digital maestro. He is very talented! http://mattias.malmer.nu https://www.nasa.gov/ames/kepler/habitable-zones-of-different-stars https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/01/10/super-earth-could-contain-alien-life-if-water-exists-scientists-say/2537398002/ https://www.astrobio.net/also-in-news/evidence-for-carbon-rich-surface-on-ceres/amp/ https://www.space.com/24199-biggest-solar-flares-photos-2014-sun-storms.html https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucedorminey/2018/12/31/galaxy-may-be-littered-with-dead-aliens-blindsided-by-natural-climate-change/#218dc7ae1955 https://benslab.blog/2018/11/28/beyond-the-pale-blue-dot/ https://www.astrobio.net/also-in-news/narrowing-the-universe-in-the-search-for-life/amp/ Social Media: Instagram: bens_lab Twitter: Take a look at Ben Roberts (@Bens_Lab): https://twitter.com/Bens_Lab?s=09 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/?ref=share
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Will We Ever Explore the Surface of Venus?
#ExploringVenus #StirlingEngine #Venus Visiting the surface of Venus may one day happen, if the antique Stirling engine can be dusted off and used to keep its insides cool. Back! Back to Venus! Hi everyone, AstroBiological brings you Venus in Plain Human. I am that plain human, and I've worked hard to bring you this video. Using only Fair Trade beans I have created an aromatic blend of effects, cheesy presentation, scowling and B-Grade goodness to teach you a little about just how cool lateral thinking can be. How to explore Venus, one of the most hostile places in the solar system? Why, dust off a relic from the Steam Age, adapt it a little, and plop it in a little wheeled robot! Mars will become yesterday's news and Venus will be the cool kid on the block. Perhaps I can dust off my special effects manual too. Some of my video looks a little rough, but I assure you, I don't care! This video was a tonne of fun to make, and I hope it's a tonne of fun to watch! Please share this video! Subscribe! Comment! Music: Blipstream Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Refences and Further Reading: Strandbeest video: https://youtu.be/LewVEF2B_pM Venera Missions: https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/venera.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venera https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasas-next-mars-rover-progresses-toward-2020-launch https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applications_of_the_Stirling_engine#Portable_refrigeration http://www.robertstirlingengine.com/cold.php https://www.stirlingcryogenics.com/en/the-stirling-cycle https://www.ohio.edu/mechanical/stirling/engines/beta.html https://aip.scitation.org/doi/abs/10.1063/1.2169215?journalCode=apc http://www.geoffreylandis.com/science.html https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20090001338.pdf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observations_and_explorations_of_Venus#Proposals https://www.seeker.com/the-metallic-snow-capped-mountains-of-venus-1767586407.html -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Next Coffee Break: Terraforming Venus
Hi all, as the description says, venus is next on the list. It'll be up in a day or two.
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How much of an atom is empty space?
Hi all. I'm enjoying making these quick little videos which serve to illustrate or introduce a single point of interest. I reckon they're a good idea, and will be making these a part of the permanent Ben''s Lab routine. This one illustrates how much of an atom is really empty space, using actual outer space as a comparison. I've also been thinking lately about a change of name. Ben's Lab sounds a little homemade. Suggestions, anyone? Music: Incompetech.com -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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The Common Eastern Froglet
Hi all. I have taken a LOT of macro video and images of insects and other small creatures using my smartphone and a cheap macro lens. The results are often fantastic, and add a whole new dimension to outdoor exploring. This frog was the best thing I've found though, so here it is, in all it's slimy glory: the Common Eastern Froglet! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Impacts and Exoplanet Biosignatures
#astrobiology #exoplanets #biosignatures What can cosmic violence teach us about life on other worlds? In the last few years we have gained some incredible insights into exoplanets, with new technology letting us look directly at alien worlds. This tiny movie from the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii is the result of seven years of observation, and is some of the first direct imaging of exoplanets! These observations can teach us a lot, but how can we glean more information about these and other worlds? Is there a way to examine the interior of an exoplanet? What is another way we could determine whether it is potentially habitable, or even show distinct biosignatures? Impacts. Objects in space collide frequently. Our own solar system is full of cratered worlds and places wracked by impacts. Our own moon may have formed from a collision between the newly formed earth and a mars sized protoplanet named Theia. How does this help astrobiologists today? When something Impacts another object in space debris or ejecta are often the result The Deep Impact Mission took advantage of this, hitting the comet Siding Spring with a lander that sent a cloud of debris and cometary material out into space. The debris was analysed by the mission probe, yielding some big results. Future missions to observe exoplanets and solar systems, such as the James Webb Space Telescope will be able to see with amazing detail, and astrobiologists will be on the lookout for collisions and impacts. The Europa Clipper Mission, mentioned in our last video, launches in the late 2020s, and will explore the moons watery interior by examining ejecta thrown up by meteoric bombardment. It's not enough to see exoplanets. Examining the surface or atmosphere can only show us so much. How can examining material thrown into space by impacts give us insights into habitability or possible biosignatures? Our own planet is one of four rocky, or "terrestrial " planets in the inner solar system. Mercury, Venus and Mars are similar to earth in terms of composition as being mainly composed of silicate rock. However, Earth has a far greater diversity of minerals than these three worlds. This is important from an AstroBiological viewpoint for one reason. Most of these minerals are Biogenic in origin or owe their existence to the presence of life on Earth. If researchers were to spot an impact taking place and could study the cloud of debris appearing it would be an opportunity. Methods of analysis such as spectroscopy could determine the composition of the ejected material. In a nutshell Spectroscopic analysis works like this. Different compounds and materials give off wavelengths of light according to their composition. By analysing the light emitted by a cloud of space-borne debris researchers would be able to tell with a high degree of precision what the material is composed of. Observing impact ejecta in this way it would be possible to determine a lot about a planet. We could tell if it's a water world like Earth. What it's atmosphere is composed of. We could tell if life (at least as we know it) lives or lived there. Remember, we could do this by detecting minerals that are biological in origin or have been acted upon by the presence of life. It's a promising avenue to explore, and could really open up new worlds for us to explore! Thanks as always for watching AstroBiological, giving YOU the Universe in plain human. If you're enjoying these videos, subscribe straight away! Turn notifications on and never miss out! Share this video and share the gift of curiosity! See you next time. Music: The Complex Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Further Reading and Resources: Possible limestone in the atmosphere of a white dwarf? : http://www.exoplanetes.umontreal.ca/planet-devouring-star-reveals-possible-limestone-crumbs/?lang=en Biogenic Minerals: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/303/5664/1618 NASA and the Deep Impact Mission: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2005-144 Astrobiology and Exoplanet tools and resources: http://phl.upr.edu/software A very good article and what provided the basis for this video: https://arxiv.org/abs/1808.04504 Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/ Animations: Comet Impact Video: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre Comet impact animation courtesy of Maas Digital Asteroid and Molecular Cloud animations: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre Conceptual Image Lab Europa animations: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre Additional animations: Fire planet impact: Universe Sandbox 2 Transiting planet: Space Engine Stock footage: Pixabay
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Ben's Lab: Zealandia- A New Continent!
Hi everyone! This was pretty big news, I thought. A whole new continent, hidden from the world for 23 million years! Zealandia is just that. I am most active on Twitter, in regards to work involving this channel and discussing science etc with other people. I would love to hear from you there! I am also working on my Blog: Ben's Lab over at Wordpress.It's a lame duck and I want to totally restructure it. Ideas, anyone? If you find these videos interesting, please subscribe and turn on notifications, so you'll be made aware of new videos as I put them up. Thanks for watching! Upcoming videos: The Eromanga Sea and Australian dinosaurs DNA: what it is and how it works A DNA extraction at home. Colonising Venus I have been thinking about doing some videos based around home based experiments or demonstrations of science concepts and principles. Any ideas? Music: Kevin Macleod, Incompetech.com -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Astrovirology: Could Space-borne Viruses Exist?
The very first life is thought to have appeared on Earth up to four billion years ago, possibly only a few hundred million years after the formation of the planet. #Astrobiology #Exoplanets #Astrovirology #biosignatures What is beginning to interest some astrobiologists about viruses is the possibility they may exist in space. Researchers have observed a phenomenon known as self assembly in regards to viral particles. Virions have been observed forming via the simple interactions between molecules as they stick or repel to each other. The genetic material attains it's capsid shell when certain proteins spontaneously group and assemble themselves around it. This tendency of structures and objects to self organise and assemble in the natural world appears all around us, and it is this that lends weight to the notion that things like proteins, DNA and yes, possibly viruses could form in space, and contribute to the appearance of life elsewhere. After all, self assembly is responsible for the appearance of our Solar System, as the process of accretion led to the sun and planets coalescing from a vast cloud of interstellar gas and dust. Now, on Earth, we have a little thing called gravity, which has acted upon every single living thing on this planet. Who can say what forms space borne viruses could take under differing gravities, or no gravity at all? It's an interesting thing to think about. Give me your thoughts on that in the comments. Anyway, viruses are a realistic prospect as a bioindicator. Whilst it may not be possible to detect them from here on Earth, should a probe ever visit an exoplanet or pass through a region of space rich in organic molecules, detecting the presence of more complex life could be as easy as sampling a teaspoon of water. Since viruses cannot reproduce outside of more complex cells, finding them would be a sure sign that higher life exists. It's definitely worth exploring. Thanks for watching AstroBiological, giving YOU the universe in plain human. If you like that idea, there's plenty more plain human coming up. Just look at me! Seriously, astrobiology is super interesting, and It'd be great if you subscribed, liked and shared this video. I'll see you next time! Music: The Great Unknown Music by Audionatix.com Animation: NASA's Goddard Spacer Flight Centre Conceptual Image Lab Stock Video and Images: Pixabay Further Reading and Resources: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0022-3727/26/8B/016/meta https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4382372/ https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/60/11/879/328810 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1594570/ http://www.astronomy.com/news/2018/01/the-hunt-for-viruses-in-space http://astrobiology.com/2018/03/most-viruses-and-bacteria-fall-from-the-sky.html https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/viruses-et-and-the-octopus-from-space-the-return-of-panspermia https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2016/07/25/was-this-ancient-organism-the-first-life-on-earth-or-just-the-luckiest/ https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-computational-foundation-of-life-20170126/ A very interesting read: https://www.quantamagazine.org/a-new-thermodynamics-theory-of-the-origin-of-life-20140122/ My facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/ Discord: https://discord.gg/Ktvwf3C SAGANet.org
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7 Days of AstroBiological
On my AstroBiological facebook group, I aim to bring you the universe in plain human. Every day I put up a short video describing a concept in astrobiology or astronomy. Here are the first 7 of these videos, all bundled up for you! Why don't you join the AstroBiological facebook group? I explore astrobiology in more detail there, as well as run livestreams and engage a lot with group members! It's a lot of fun and quite lively! The group and this channel are growing well. If you're not a subscriber or member already, well you know you can fix that! https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB/ Music: incompetech.com -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Exploring Uranus
Hi all. It's been a while since my last "full length" video, so I thought I'd get back into it with an overview of Uranus, a mysterious and violent world. What lies beneath those serene cloud tops? Some of the most extreme weather in the solar system, that's what? What waits for future explorers? Why does Uranus "roll" around the sun? How long does winter last on Uranus? Find out all this and more! Music: Incompetech.com Further Reading: William Herschel painting: By Lemuel Francis Abbott - National Portrait Gallery: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Herschel http://www.planetary.org/blogs/jason-davis/2017/20170621-revisiting-ice-giants.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranus https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/uranus https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/uranus/indepth All animations are screen captures, taken from three apps I use regularly: Solar System Scope, Solar System HD And Solar System 3D. All on my smartphone! Look for them on Google Play. -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 84 Astro Biological
Space Apps for your phone
Hi everyone. A lot of people are into astronomy and outer space. I count myself as one of them. Outer space is an excellent source of topics for videos, and I've found several apps for my smartphone with which I can produce great animations using screen capture. In this video I give overviews and opinions on three apps I've been using on my phone to produce animations for my channel and social media. These apps are on my Android device, but I assume they are also available on the App Store. Music: Incompetech.com -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 27 Astro Biological
Slime Molds: Smart Slime!
Here is my second video! Slime molds. Featuring a not entirely successful foray into the field looking for these mysterious beasties. Ah well, the fun is in the looking! I hope you like this video, learn a few things you didn't know before, and want to learn more. That's all I ask of you- keep on learning! Don't forget to like, comment, share and subscribe. References: Music: "OctoBlues" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ More Info: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8718-robot-moved-by-a-slime-moulds-fears/ http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/04/science/04slime.html?_r=5&pagewanted=all http://slimemold.uark.edu/ http://slimemold.uark.edu/educationframe.htm http://mlssa.org.au/2014/07/14/slime-mould/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODZHPqfOt5A http://www.mushroomexpert.com/myxomycetes.html cite as: Kuo, M. (2003, August). Myxomycetes: The slime molds. Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/myxomycetes.html http://www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/adelaidemtloftyranges/find-us My facebook page: www.facebook.com/benslabonyoutube/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 158 Astro Biological
Does Europa Harbour Life?
#astrobiology #europa #nasa Hey everyone, thanks for checking out my latest video; a look at Europa, and it's candidacy for bearing alien life. Europa orbits Jupiter; being one of the Gallilean moons, and since 1973 has excited astrobiologists and other scientists who deemed it a serious contender for the existence of extraterrestrial life. I briefly describe conditions on this moon which may give credence to this notion. I did have some issues with green screening which unfortunately became apparent AFTER I'd encoded this video. Hence, there are some slight issues with video quality here and there. However, I worked too damn hard making this video, and what you see is what you get. As always I ask that if you like this video (and others on this channel) PLEASE subscribe, share it with your friends and leave comments. Perhaps above all I ask that you decide this is a fascinating topic and embark on your own research. Astrobiology is a very broad, very interdisciplinary field. Exploring the possibility of extraterrestrial life can be approached from many different angles, and I'm excited at the prospect of introducing people to some cool science in this way! Like I said, the greatest compliment I can receive is knowing that someone "gets the bug" and begins doing their own research. I would LOVE to hear of this. Don't be shy! Tell me in the comments!! To this end, here are some useful resources and places to start: Europa has an induced magnetic field. Find out what this means here: http://ffden-2.phys.uaf.edu/webproj/212_spring_2015/Amir_Raz/amir_raz/Magnetic.htm Europa: Evidence for a global subsurface ocean: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/europa/evidence.cfm Decades of discovery: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/technology/voyager-40-years-discoveries-space-probes-moons-planets-nasa-1.4266595 Life, and Charles Darwins "warm little pond": https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtomics/did-life-evolve-in-a-warm-little-pond/ Europa: just right for life?: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/europa Not Europa related: Does life even need a planet at all?: https://medium.com/starts-with-a-bang/will-scientists-ever-discover-life-without-a-home-planet-5355e3839fac Astrobiology: looking for the nuts and bolts of life among the stars: https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/hunting-the-building-blocks-of-alien-life?utm_content=bufferc7d0e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Music: Incompetch.com Big Rock, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Olde Timey, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Stock Footage and Imagery: Pixabay Marianas Trench animation: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hydrothermal vent footage: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pioneer 10 animation: Screen capture from the Android app Solar System HD Europa/Jupiter animations: Screen captures from the Android app Solar System Scope. Europa core animation produced on Paint 3D. -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 114 Astro Biological
Ben's Lab: Intro to Enzymes
Hi folks! This short video introduces us to some of the basics of enzymes. These molecules are critically important to life, but what are they, and what are some of the ways they work? Leave comments and suggestions! I would love to hear from you! Music: Kevin McLeod, incompetech.com -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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Make a working microscope!!
Hi all, welcome back to Ben's Lab. I show you how to build a functional and very portable microscope, using very cheap and easy to obtain components. It takes literally minutes to make- and hours to put down once you start using it! It'll open up a whole new world for you, I promise! I learnt how to make this microscope watching Gross Science, a great channel devoted to the ickier side of science. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/user/grossscienceshow My social media. Drop me a line. Inbox me on facebook. I live on Twitter these days, and I also use Google+ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/benslabonyoutube/ Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Bens_Lab Email: [email protected] Music: "Mighty Like Us" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 107 Astro Biological
What are Neutron Stars?
Hello and welcome back to Ben's Lab. This episode takes you on a little tour of some of the weirdest and most incredible objects in the Universe: Neutron stars. This video was great fun to make, and as always I learnt a lot about these amazing objects whilst researching and putting this video together. These videos are getting more complex and a little more time consuming to make, but I hope that the extra effort is showing! Please feel free to leave comments, drop me a line, make suggestions (NICE ONES) and above all SUBSCRIBE to Ben's Lab. What do people want to see in upcoming Ben's Lab videos? Check out my social media. It's nutritious, and delicious too!: https://www.facebook.com/benslabonyoutube/ https://twitter.com/mystnature https://plus.google.com/u/1/114122740736289893279 References and further neutron stars info: By Hinode JAXA/NASA - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/solar-b/solar_017.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1820917 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degenerate_matter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_star http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2003/0319hete.html http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/main/index.html http://phys.org/news/2016-03-astronomers-glimpse-supernova-shockwave.html http://www.thestargarden.co.uk/Neutron-stars-and-extreme-physics.html https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12034 http://www.nasa.gov/ https://www.nasa.gov/sun https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun Music: "Mighty Like Us" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Guts and Bourbon" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "OctoBlues" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 60 Astro Biological
Volcanoes Beyond Earth
#Astrobiology Volcanoes can be found on many worlds throughout the solar system. They play a huge role in the presence of life on Earth, and who knows what role they play on other worlds? Is there an exoplanet out there somewhere where these amazing spectacles of nature have helped alien life? The original article that inspired this video: http://planetaria.ca/2018/07/29/wow-new-volcano-on-jupiters-moon-io/ Music: Airship Serenity Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 46 Astro Biological
DIY DNA Extraction
You can do a DNA extraction, right in your own home, with household materials! It might sound like a cheesy commercial, but it's true. This video was made to try and demystify science a little. Science is suffering from a MAJOR public relations problem at the moment, and part of it's problem is that people think it's elitist. Nothing could be further from the truth! Science has always been about free thinkers and ordinary people, looking at things in extraordinary ways and changing the world one discovery at at time. Take a look at any object in your room. Literally nothing has not been touched by science or a spirit of inquiry. Even your dog! That's right! How do you think that breed came about? Because human ingenuity created it. That piece of stale pizza you're eating? Processed? Cooked in a gas powered oven? Your pizza was made by science! Music: Incompetch.com Stock Footage: Pixabay http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/how-to-extract-your-own-dna,417857 Cancer cells image: By TenOfAllTrades at English Wikipedia - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1583880 Find me on Twitter: Bens_Lab Facebook: Google @benslabonyoutube Google+: Ben's Lab -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 55 Astro Biological
AstroBiological: Meet Ben!
I'm Ben! Please like me! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 50 Astro Biological
Is there Water in Space?
Hi everyone. In this episode I take you on a tour of the Solar System, showing you some places where water is found. I guarantee some of them will surprise you! This episode was fun to make (again), and I hope that the extra work I'm putting into videos is showing! If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments section. I absolutely love chatting to folks about almost anything of a scientific nature (whether I'm an expert or not), and welcome all feedback. Even negative feedback is welcome, as long as it's constructive....and NICE. Music: Incompetech.com Links to my other social media can be found in the About tab. This channel is really small, but I am proud of what I have been able to achieve so far. Help me continue this dream by subscribing and turning on notifications. Tell your friends, family, teachers, whoever. Share, share, share!!! THANK YOU. P.S. A special mention goes to my wife, who as always is there, helping me any way she can. I can't do it without her! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 59 Astro Biological
Extremophiles: Nature's Toughest Creatures
Welcome back to Ben's Lab! I introduce you to some of the toughest creatures on earth, taking you all the way to the bottom of the sea, where some truly hard core beasts duke it out. I hope you are enjoying these videos as much as I'm enjoying making them. Science is my calling in life, and I really want some of you at least to get fired up and explore this great big vast universe. Please send in comments, and suggestions! I will respond where I can, and will take all constructive criticisms on board! References and links to further info: http://geology.about.com/od/regional_geology/a/aa042698whales.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenesis#Gold.27s_.22deep-hot_biosphere.22_model http://serc.carleton.edu/microbelife/extreme/environments.html http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/underwatervolcanoes/ Australia Zoo image: richard giles I'll put up any more posts which may be relevant to seekers of knowledge. Music: "OctoBlues" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Mighty Like Us" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 61 Astro Biological
Terraforming Mars: Totally Possible!
Hi folks and welcome to my latest video, in which I give a brief introduction to the concept of terraforming. Terraforming is the process by which a planet (in this case Mars) can be transformed into a place Earth based life can call home. This idea has fascinated me since I was young, and I hope it fires you up as well! I hope you enjoy it. As always, share, like comment and subscribe! Here is a list of resources I used for images and information: http://mars.nasa.gov/programmissions/missions/present/msl/ NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems - http://www.msss.com/mars_images/moc/may_2000/n_pole/ file http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02800 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martian_polar_ice_caps http://geology.com/world/antarctica-satellite-image.shtml https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Antarctica_6400px_from_Blue_Marble.jpg http://web.uri.edu/quadangles/heat-from-the-street/ http://terraformingworlds.com/terraforming-mars https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_(moon)#/media/File:PIA20016-SaturnMoon-Titan-20151113.jpg http://www.space.com/16871-how-big-is-mars.html -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 123 Astro Biological
Ben's Lab Episode 6: Geological Time Part One
Hi there and welcome back to Ben's Lab! In this episode I give a brief introduction and description of various periods in the history of Planet Earth. It has to be brief, unless you've got four and a half billion years to sit through it all over again! This is why I'll be putting together a series on geological time, where I can go into things in much more detail down the track. If you guys are liking these videos, PLEASE TELL ME! Likewise, if you have any constructive criticisms, suggestions or comments, send 'em my way. Feedback from YOU is critical to making this channel something we can all enjoy and learn from. Don't forget to like, comment, share and SUBSCRIBE! Again, thanks, to all who've been watching! It means a lot! References and information: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/help/timeform.php https://www.newscientist.com/article/2078940-first-life-may-have-been-forged-in-icy-seas-on-a-freezing-earth/?utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=SOC&utm_campaign=hoot&cmpid=SOC%7CNSNS%7C2016-GLOBAL-twitter time scale circular diagram: By WoudloperDerivative work: Hardwigg - File:Geologic_clock.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11926892 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geologic_time_scale http://deeptime.info/ clock graphic By Tkgd2007, penubag (self-made in Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Com impact image: By NASA/JPL-Caltech [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons http://palaeos.com/archean/archean.htm Music: "Mighty Like Us" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 45 Astro Biological
Creating Spaceart on a Smartphone
#timelapse #spaceart Lately I've been producing a lot of digital art using just my smartphone. A variety of apps is used together to create some stunning images. This is a first video showing the creation of a simple image. These pictures are used for my YouTube videos, blog posts and an online merchandise store I'm running. I'll do more of these timelapse videos, as they're a lot of fun! Note, this video was originally posted on my IGTV channel, hence the portrait layout. Find me and check out my art on instagram : @bens_lab Music: Worlds Away, audionatix.com
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Merry Christmas from AstroBiological!
We hope your festive season is awesome. It's been a modest but great year for this channel, and things will be bigger and better in 2019. Thanks to all subscribers and a huge thanks for the interesting comments and discussions. There's plenty more astrobiology to come, and we would love to have you along.
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Ben's Lab- exploring
Hi all. This episode is something a little different. Whilst coming home from our honeymoon my wife and I found this abandoned property. I couldn't resist the chance to take a quick look through it. Exploring old places like this is a lot of fun, and it's interesting to see how nature has a way of creeping back in when we've left something behind. Please subscribe to Ben's Lab. Don't forget to give my videos a thumbs up, make comments and suggestions, and don't forget to share my videos if you like them. There's a whole universe to explore, and your support helps a lot! Thanks for being part of Ben's Lab, all of you. Hugs. The ben's lab facebook page: www.facebook.com/mystnature song references: "Garden Music" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Phantom from Space" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ "Floating Cities" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 30 Astro Biological
Happy New Year!
Have a great new year everyone! Followers of my Facebook page and group, subscribers to this channel and everyone else on other social media who make it all worthwhile! I love youse all! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 29 Astro Biological
NASA's TESS Spots a Comet
#Astrobiology Hey all. TESS delivered a special treat this week, when in it's testing stage, it managed to spy a comet shooting through our solar system. Apart from being cool in it's own right, this find is important anyway, as comets are a rare and fleeting window into the early formation of our solar system. They may even hold some of the secrets to abiogenesis on Earth or other worlds! Music: Big Rock Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Animations: TESS: NASA'S Eyes Jupiter system: Solar System Scope Pro for Android Screen Capture for Android: Mobizen https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/nasa-s-planet-hunting-tess-catches-a-comet-before-starting-science
Views: 40 Astro Biological
AstroBiological in Martian Orbit
Did you know Mars has two moons? Discovered by the American astronomer Asaph Hall in 1877 and named after the Sons of the Greek god of war, these little moons could yield fascinating insights into planetary formation or the very earliest days of the solar system itself. Japan's space agency JAXA(宇宙航空研究開発機構) is sending a mission to explore these moons soon, and I have an interview in the works with the chief engineer of a CubeSat mission which will be with the payload! Stay tuned! Music: Incompetech.com -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 49 Astro Biological
AstroBiological Podcast 4
Hi all, more thoughts and reflections on the week. Go to sleep with Ben! Join me on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/AstroB Music: Incompetech Stock Images: Pixabay Trappist-1 image: NASA/JPL -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "AstroBiological: Coffee Break" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJiAtRmZ030 -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
Views: 29 Astro Biological