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Extremophiles, and What They Mean For Life in Space

Extremophiles are organisms on Earth that thrive in extreme environment that most other organisms wouldn’t be able to survive in. They are found in places that at a glance, seem unlivable, places like inside volcanoes, or deep in the ocean under extreme pressures. So why do these extremophiles matter when thinking about space? The ideaContinue reading “Extremophiles, and What They Mean For Life in Space” Continue reading Continue reading

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The Drake Equation

The Drake equation, also known as the Green Bank equation, is used to yield the number of technically advanced civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy. The equation uses astronomical, biological, and psychological factors to determine this number. The formula was first discussed in 1961 at a conference on the “search of extraterrestrial intelligence”, formulated largelyContinue reading “The Drake Equation” Continue reading Continue reading

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How Life Could Start and Exist on Europa

Although our understanding of the evolutionary process is deep, the exact time and process through which the first life forms on Earth arose is still not entirely clear. The panspermia hypothesis speculates that life exists throughout the universe and is distributed through asteroids, comets, and space dust, and that life on Earth was brought fromContinue reading “How Life Could Start and Exist on Europa” Continue reading Continue reading

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Could There be Life on Europa?

Europa is one of Jupiter’s Galilean moons, meaning it’s one of the four largest moons that orbit Jupiter. What makes it particularly special is that it is considered one of the most likely places in our solar system (outside of Earth) that might contain life. Now, at a glance, it seems like that shouldn’t beContinue reading “Could There be Life on Europa?” Continue reading Continue reading

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Big Planets’ Moons and Life Outside “Habitability”

Astrobiology has long relied on the concept of a “habitable zone”, that is a zone around a star that is the right distance from said star to hold liquid water, and therefore life. This concept is absolutely valuable, especially insofar as it allows us to classify new exoplanets and identify potential exoplanets that may hostContinue reading “Big Planets’ Moons and Life Outside “Habitability”” Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog #4: Statistics Behind Our Solar System

A concept that has always intrigued me is the possibility of life on Earth. It seems like every topic we cover reveals another statistical improbability that has allowed life to exist on Earth at all. For example, we are just far enough from the sun that we have an atmosphere, but not so far fromContinue reading “Blog #4: Statistics Behind Our Solar System” Continue reading Continue reading

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Self-Discovery through Literature

A memorable moment that has impacted the course of my life is when I attended my first assembly in elementary school as a transfer student. I watched as the teachers announced the student with the most Star Reader points, and a girl stands up to accept her five hundred point tag. The Star Reader brag […] Continue reading

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The Journey: An insight as an English major

  Priscilla Ortega English 190 Professor Garcia 10 December 2019 The Journey: An insight as an English major As a young freshmen at the University of California, Merced, I was unaware of what exactly is to be an English major and the change it takes upon your life. I grew up in South Central, Los […] Continue reading

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Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography on Guillermo del Toro My paper will analyze the works and creations established by Mexican director, screenwriter, and author Guillermo del Toro. His projects exemplified in exploring different realms of creativity in order to portray numerous amount of worlds similar to ours. His usage of special effects as a makeup artist in his […] Continue reading

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Poetic Genius vs. Evil Genius

Why does Milton need to “go down self annihilation and eternal death” ?(book 1, plate 15, line 22; page 162)   William Blake and Milton were alike in that both creatives were open to the exploration of ideas greatly repressed during the era of their time, including those in which were embedded in religion and […] Continue reading

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