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Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures
The 21st Century: The Century of Biology on Earth and Beyond
Dr. Jill Tarter (Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research , SETI Institute)
This century will permit us the first opportunities to study biology beyond Earth; biology as we don’t yet know it, and biology that we have exported off the surface of our planet. The technologies needed for discovering biology beyond Earth are different, depending on whether you are searching for microbes or mathematicians, and depending on whether you are searching in-situ or remotely. In many cases the necessary technologies do not yet exist, but they will probably develop more rapidly - and in more ways - than anyone of us can now imagine.