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In March 2013, I gave an opening speech at the
1st ELSI International Symposium,
organized by the
Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI)
in Tokyo, Japan.
In February 2013, I was invited to participate in a very informal and
therefore very informative workshop at
There are no proceedings, but here is
earlier preview and here is an interview afterwards.
In January 2013, I attended the Origins
of Life Conference at Princeton University. It provided me with a
great opportunity to learn a lot about the field, and to meet many of
the main players.
Also in January, I started a new series of informal lunch conversions,
IPA@IAS, short for Interdisciplinary
Perspectives on Abiogenesis.
In December 2012, I visited the new Earth-Life Science Institute
(ELSI for short)
at Tokyo Tech,
funded by a grant from the
International Research Center Initiative, for which I am one of
the Principle Investigators; see also
a short summary.
In October 2012, our
B612 foundation's project
Sentinel was official declared technically sound and on track for a
2017 launch, according to an
independent review panel.
In September 2012, I visited the new
Origins of Life Initiative
at Harvard University, where I enjoyed many fascinating discussions
in the broadly interdisciplinary atmosphere that they have established,
with contributions from astronomers, chemists, geologists, biologists,
mathematicians, and others.
In August 2012, Ataru Tanikawa, Douglas Heggie, Jun Makino and I
finished the first in-depth
of the complete history of the formation of the first hard binary in
core collapse of a dense star cluster.
Also in August, I co-organized MODEST-12
in Kobe, Japan. The
topics focused mostly on multi-scale multi-physics simulations of dense
stellar systems on the first two days, followed by observations of
such systems on the third day.
In June 2012, I visited
at Tokyo Tech. He is
the first scientist who has been able to reproduce the
conditions in the center of the Earth in a laboratory.
Also in June, the B612 foundation
which I co-founded ten years ago, publicly announced our new
as the first privately funded deep space mission, an exciting new development.
In May 2012, I visited
professor in philosophy at the
University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
We decided to start writing essays in dialogue form about three ways
of looking at the world: the every-day way in which the world is just
given; the scientific way in which the world is given as a composition
of atoms and molecules; and the phenomenological way in which the
world as we know it is construsted out of phenomena.
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