The Best of Our Knowledge
2:19 pm
Mon January 4, 2010

The Best of Our Knowledge # 1007

Albany, NY – HAPPY NEW YEAR !!

ASTROBIOLOGY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION SERIES

"ASTEROIDS, AMINO ACIDS, AND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE"

Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, which take part in many of the
chemical reactions inside living cells.

Amino acids could have formed on the early Earth, but they've also been found in
asteroids, meteorites, and interstellar dust from space.

These building blocks are similar to the list we find on the labels of our vitamin bottles.

TBOOK talks with Dr. Wayne Roberge, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy at RPI.

Glenn Busby reports. (7:18)

The preceding is made possible by the NASA Astrobiology Institute, through support of the New York Center for Astrobiology, located at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - in partnerships with the University at Albany, the University of Arizona, and Syracuse University.

*(For additional information about this story, or any of the other more than 150 stories featured in this current and past exclusive radio series, or if you would like to hear them again via your computer, the website given at the conclusion of the above segment is: www.origins.rpi.edu )*

"OUT OF THIS WORLD: THE AMAZING SEARCH FOR AN ALIEN EARTH" -

It's believed that there are more than 100-billion stars in our galaxy alone. Yet, on a clear night, we can only see a few thousand.

How can parents and teachers tap into the imagination and wonder of children - -
to help them better understand and enjoy the mysteries of space? That's where
our next guest comes in.

Jacob Berkowitz is an author, journalist, and playwright whose writing combines a
passion for science and storytelling.

He lives in a small town outside of Ottawa, Canada, which is where he was when
we spoke a few days ago.

Glenn Busby reports. (11:50)

*(For additional information on the preceding, the website mentioned at the conclusion of the above story is: www.jacobberkowitz.com )*

32 NEW EXOPLANETS DISCOVERED - Glenn Busby reports. (1:00)