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September 2014: Biopigments can reveal life on other Earths

Finding life on other planets is one of the ultimate goals of modern astrophysics. Prof. Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina and her team have proposed and developed a new approach for searching life on other planets. They have measured in the laboratory samples of terrestrial plants containing various biological photosynthetic pigments (biopigments, BP) and found that these biopigments modify reflected light in such a way that it becomes linearly polarized to a high degree. This means that the reflected electromagnetic wave oscillates preferably within one plane, and an external observer can see a very...(Read more)

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September 2014: Dr. Taras Yakobchuk, visiting investigator at KIS

The KIS would like to welcome Dr. Taras Yakobchuk from the Main Astronomical Observatory of NAS of Ukraine. Dr. Yakobchuk is visiting the KIS from September 1 to November 30 in 2014 within the framework of the Visitor Investigator Programme (VIP). He will collaborate with KIS staff in a research project entitled "Scattered light in the solar, stellar and planetary atmospheres".(Read more)

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