[ASC-media] COSMOS #14: Life, the Universe and Everything

Wilson da Silva wilson.dasilva at lunamedia.com.au
Sat Apr 28 09:14:28 CEST 2007


In the April/May 2007 issue of COSMOS magazine...

 THE ENIGMA OF LIFE: Why the universe seems designed for life
     If the laws of physics were just a tiny bit different, there would be
no life in the universe. It almost looks like a fix. Renowned scientist and
thinker, Paul Davies, presents a brand new theory to explain this startling
revelation. 

ARE WE ALONE?
     What is the probability of the existence of intelligent life in our
galaxy? Tim Dean runs the numbers ­ starting with 200 billion stars and
working back from there ­ and find an astounding conclusion. The question
really becomes: where are they all?

THE ORIGIN OF LIFE: DOES AUSTRALIA HAVE THE ANSWER?
     No one knows for sure when life first appeared on Earth. But noted SETI
(Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) astronomer, Seth Shostak, thinks
he¹s uncovered some clues in the Western Australian outback.

SOLAR POIWER COMES OF AGE ... FINALLY
     Solar technologies have been around for decades, but the market is
suddenly scorching. Could this be the long-awaited dawn of the solar age and
the answer to our global warming woes?

GAIA'S REVENGE
     Father of the famed Gaia hypothesis, James Lovelock, is convinced that
we have to take action now before the Earth Goddess wreaks her vengeance
upon us.

Also in this issue ....
    
OPAL, AUSTRALIA'S NEW RESEARCH REACTOR: A special report on the country's
hot new research reactor that is rated among the best in the world for
science and nuclear medicine. COSMOS takes a detailed look.
ETERNAL FRONTIER: Going into space is one of the best things we can do to
save our world, and ourselves, argues Wilson da Silva.

Background: COSMOS is a 100% Australian popular science magazine based in
Sydney and founded by Melbourne neuroscientist and entrepreneur Dr Alan
Finkel, magazine publisher Kylie Ahern and science journalists Elizabeth
Finkel and Wilson da Silva.  Launched in July 2005, the magazine has already
won 14 awards, including Magazine of the Year and Editor of the Year.

INFORMATION, IMAGES OR INTERVIEWS
    Editor Tim Dean are available for interview on these and other science
topics. For more information or images, or to arrange interviews, please
contact: Kate Holdsworth on 02 9310 8500, or Email:
publicity_at_cosmosmagazine.com. On the web: http://www.cosmosmagazine.com





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