These are items of interest to the interstellar exploration community that we’ve found in our quest for information that will help us advance toward our goals.  If you know of anything we’ve overlooked, or any sources of such information we should monitor, or if you would like to be added to our TVIW-updates mailing list and receive these updates in you email every weekday, please send that information to info@tviw.us.

 

March 29, 2018 updates

Worlds First Interstellar Summer School Announced
https://i4is.org/worlds-first-summer-interstellar-summer-school-announced/

Breakthrough Discuss Conference 2018
http://breakthroughinitiatives.org/events/discuss

MBR Space Settlement Challenge
https://www.guaana.com/funding/grants/mbrchallenge/details

First space mission dedicated to exoplanet atmospheres gets green light
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03445-5

Dynamical Analysis of the Circumprimary Planet in the Eccentric Binary System HD 59686
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-3881/aab439

Investigating Planet Formation and Evolutionary Processes with Short-Period Exoplanets
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.10293

A periodic configuration of the Kepler-25 planetary system?
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.10285

A brief overview of planet formation
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.10526

March 28, 2018 updates

WFIRST work continues despite budget and schedule uncertainty
http://spacenews.com/wfirst-work-continues-despite-budget-and-schedule-uncertainty/

An Earth-sized exoplanet with a Mercury-like composition
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-018-0420-5

A Universal Break in the Planet-to-star Mass-ratio Function of Kepler MKG Stars
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/aab6ac

Distinguishing the albedo of exoplanets from stellar activity
https://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/abs/2018/03/aa31206-17/aa31206-17.html

Shifting of the resonance location for planets embedded in circumstellar disks
https://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/abs/2018/03/aa32070-17/aa32070-17.html

Dynamical models to explain observations with SPHERE in planetary systems with double debris belts
https://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/abs/2018/03/aa31426-17/aa31426-17.html

Systematic Search for Rings around Kepler Planet Candidates: Constraints on Ring Size and Occurrence Rate
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.09114

A New Desalination Pump Help Define the pH of Ocean Worlds
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08937

Global-Mean Vertical Tracer Mixing in Planetary Atmospheres
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.09149

Influence of stellar structure, evolution and rotation on the tidal damping of exoplanetary spin-orbit angles
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.09661

Orbital alignment of circumbinary planets that form in misaligned circumbinary discs: the case of Kepler-413b
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.10061

Eccentricities and Inclinations of Multi-Planet Systems with External Perturbers
https://arxiv.org/abs/1801.06220

March 27, 2018 updates

Life in the Universe
https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/59430

Geocentrism and the Astrobiological Context of the Human Condition
http://geopolicraticus.tumblr.com/post/172303464882/geocentrism-and-the-astrobiological-context-of-the

NASA reveals major delay for $8-billion Hubble successor
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03863-5

Decrease in Hysteresis of Planetary Climate for Planets with Long Solar Days
http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4357/aaa70f

March 26, 2018 updates

New Assumptions to Guide SETI Research
https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20180001925.pdf

The Relation Between Arrested Civilizations and Their Biospheres
http://geopolicraticus.tumblr.com/post/172215561112/the-relation-between-arrested-civilizations-and

OSIRIS-REx Encounters Earth: Signatures of a Habitable World
https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2018/pdf/1240.pdf

A comprehensive understanding of planet formation is required for assessing planetary habitability and for the search for life
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08682

Atmospheric mass loss of extrasolar planets orbiting magnetically active host stars
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08684

Understanding Stellar Contamination in Exoplanet Transmission Spectra as an Essential Step in Small Planet Characterization
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08708

An accurate mass determination for Kepler-1655b, a moderately-irradiated world with a significant volatile envelope
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08820

Formation of Terrestrial Planets
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08830

Criterion for the Onset of Chaos in Systems of Two Eccentric Planets
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08510

The WFIRST Exoplanet Microlensing Survey
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08564

Classification of simulated radio signals using Wide Residual Networks for use in the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08624

March 23, 2018 updates

Fingerprinting Non-Terran Biosignatures
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/ast.2017.1712

Organic Haze as a Biosignature in Anoxic Earth-like Atmospheres
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/ast.2017.1666

The Effect of Varying Atmospheric Pressure upon Habitability and Biosignatures of Earth-like Planets
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/ast.2016.1632

The Habitability of Proxima Centauri b: Environmental States and Observational Discriminants
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/ast.2016.1589

Detection of the closest Jovian exoplanet in the Epsilon Indi triple system
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08163

Gaian bottlenecks and planetary habitability maintained by evolving model biospheres: The ExoGaia model
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08063

Clear and Cloudy Exoplanet Forecasts for JWST: Maps, Retrieved Composition and Constraints on Formation with MIRI and NIRCam
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08173

Detection of Alpha Centauri at radio wavelengths: chromospheric emission and search for star-planet interaction
https://arxiv.org/abs/1803.08338