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The Science Behind The Search For Extraterrestrial Life

06/11/12 12:00PM By Mitch Wertlieb
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AP Photo/ESO, L. Calcada
This artist’s impression, made available by the European Southern Observatory, shows the planetary system around the Sun-like star HD 10180.

It's one of the big questions science has yet to answer: whether there is intelligent life somewhere out there, on another planet in the universe. Astrobiology is the science and study of that question. And it's something that fascinates John O'Meara, an associate professor of astronomy and physics at St. Michael's College. We talk to him about the science of finding other planets, and the search for the potential of life anywhere but Earth.

Also on the program, smart grid is a concept that has been gaining traction and attention in the field of electric utilities. Now, the University of Vermont is announcing a multi-disciplinary program in smart grid. We talk to Jeff Marshall, a professor in UVM's School of Engineering, who is close to this new initiative.



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