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2005 Annual Science Report

University of Washington Reporting  |  JUL 2004 – JUN 2005

Executive Summary

In this, our fourth year, many of our group have come into full productivity. Our NAI sponsored research at the University of Washington has concentrated on the following important astrobiological questions:

  1. What are the characteristics of planets that can evolve complex organisms?
  2. Where might such planets occur?
  3. How does biological complexity evolve on a planet, and how might it end?
  4. What are the limits and permissible chemistries of life and how might they arise?

During the 2004-2005 period significant progress into these problems was made. Below, our results and progress is summarized based on specific research problems defined in our original proposal.

How often, where, and under which conditions do habitable planets form and persist?
Even a decade ago we could not, with confidence, predict how many planets there might be beyond our own solar system. Now the rate of planet discovery is dizzying. But ... Continue reading.

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