Adam Frank is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester and a leading expert on the final stages of evolution for stars like the sun. Frank's computational research group at the University of Rochester has developed advanced supercomputer tools for studying how stars form and how they die. A self-described “evangelist of science," he is the author of four books and the co-founder of 13.8, where he explores the beauty and power of science in culture with physicist Marcelo Gleiser.
Human civilization has always survived periods of change. Will our rapidly evolving technological era be an exception to the rule?
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"I grew up in New Jersey in the 1970s and that experience gave me everything I needed to become a skeptic."
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The TRAPPIST-1 system is a treasure trove of possibilities and questions. Observations by JWST have just begun.
"If we find just one other example of biology out there, then life is not an accident."
A true scientific view of if, where, and when extraterrestrial life exists is within our grasp thanks to biosignatures and technosignatures.
We don’t need to think about what life is made of but rather what it does.
The perfectly accessible, perfectly knowable Universe of classical physics is gone forever, no matter what interpretation you choose.
Within the next few decades, we may well have hard evidence for the existence of alien life on worlds light-years distant from Earth.
Cosmology is unlike other sciences. When our view of the Universe changes, so does our understanding of philosophy and science itself.
A relatively new interpretation of quantum mechanics asks us to reimagine the process of science itself.
Art isn't a side note in human history; it's the main text.
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"The X-Files" was not a documentary.
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The space telescope's findings challenge the notion of a galaxy brimming with life.
Is mathematics woven into the very fabric of reality? Or is it merely a product of the human mind?
The truth is out there, but it's probably not in the latest whistleblower's report.
Origin of life studies have always focused on a set of strict environments that could give rise to life. Ante-life opens new possibilities.
It's a useful fiction — but it's still fiction.
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