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March 27, 2018 updates

Life in the Universe

Geocentrism and the Astrobiological Context of the Human Condition

NASA reveals major delay for $8-billion Hubble successor

Decrease in Hysteresis of Planetary Climate for Planets with Long Solar Days

March 26, 2018 updates

New Assumptions to Guide SETI Research

The Relation Between Arrested Civilizations and Their Biospheres

OSIRIS-REx Encounters Earth: Signatures of a Habitable World

A comprehensive understanding of planet formation is required for assessing planetary habitability and for the search for life

Atmospheric mass loss of extrasolar planets orbiting magnetically active host stars

Understanding Stellar Contamination in Exoplanet Transmission Spectra as an Essential Step in Small Planet Characterization

An accurate mass determination for Kepler-1655b, a moderately-irradiated world with a significant volatile envelope

Formation of Terrestrial Planets

Criterion for the Onset of Chaos in Systems of Two Eccentric Planets

The WFIRST Exoplanet Microlensing Survey

Classification of simulated radio signals using Wide Residual Networks for use in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence

March 23, 2018 updates

Fingerprinting Non-Terran Biosignatures

Organic Haze as a Biosignature in Anoxic Earth-like Atmospheres

The Effect of Varying Atmospheric Pressure upon Habitability and Biosignatures of Earth-like Planets

The Habitability of Proxima Centauri b: Environmental States and Observational Discriminants

Detection of the closest Jovian exoplanet in the Epsilon Indi triple system

Gaian bottlenecks and planetary habitability maintained by evolving model biospheres: The ExoGaia model

Clear and Cloudy Exoplanet Forecasts for JWST: Maps, Retrieved Composition and Constraints on Formation with MIRI and NIRCam

Detection of Alpha Centauri at radio wavelengths: chromospheric emission and search for star-planet interaction

March 22, 2018 updates

A Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) toward the Galactic Anticenter with the Murchison Widefield Array

KELT-22Ab: A Massive Hot Jupiter Transiting a Near Solar Twin

Optimal Target Stars in the Search for Life

The Ice Cap Zone: A Unique Habitable Zone for Ocean Worlds

The Origins Space Telescope: Towards An Understanding of Temperate Planetary Atmospheres

Transit Photometry as an Exoplanet Discovery Method

White Paper: Exoplanetary Microlensing from the Ground in the 2020s

Strategies for Constraining the Atmospheres of Temperate Terrestrial Planets with JWST

March 21, 2018 updates

First space mission dedicated to exoplanet atmospheres gets green light

The Dinosaur in the Detail: High Order Harmonics in the Light Curves of Eccentric Planetary Systems

On the Terminal Rotation Rates of Giant Planets

Additional Exoplanet Science Enabled by FINESSE

Search for exoplanets around northern circumpolar stars III. long-period radial velocity variations in hd 18438 and hd 158996

K2-231 b: A sub-Neptune exoplanet transiting a solar twin in Ruprecht 147

Spin-orbital tidal dynamics and tidal heating in the TRAPPIST-1 multi-planet system