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Back To Class: Pro Alien Hunter 101

Ever wanted to be a professional alien hunter? Like, seriously?

Well, now you can.

Edinburgh University will be offering a FREE online course on finding E.T. out there. It’ll be officially called “Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life” and will be available in January 2013. The course explores ways to search for life on other planets and what may happen if contact is ever made. It’s “fully academic” (yeah, right) and students will receive a certificate upon completion. Basically, anybody who finishes the course will be a BAMF and have a piece of paper to prove it.

An excerpt from the course description:

This course is an introduction to astrobiology. It explores the origin and evolution of life on the Earth and its potential to exist elsewhere. Astrobiology addresses compelling questions of wide interest, such as: How did life originate on Earth? Is this an inevitable process and is life common across the universe?

The course will be lead by the astrobiology professor and director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology, Charles Cockell. This is the syllabus he’s created for the 5-week online course:

Week 1: The definitions of life and how it originated on Earth.

Week 2: Early Earth environments when life first emerged and the various evolutionary transitions of life on Earth.

Week 3: The prospects for life elsewhere in our solar system and the required conditions for a planet to be habitable.

Week 4: How to search for Earth-like planets orbiting distant suns and how to detect possible life there.

Week 5: How earthlings would be impacted by the discovery of an extraterrestrial intelligence.

To learn more about the course or to register for it, click here.

This is pretty damn cool. How many of you out there are seriously considering taking this course?

Source: Scotsman

Category: Nerd Culture

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