AI can reliably spot molecules on exoplanets – and might one day even discover new laws of physics

Kai Hou (Gordon) Yip, UCL and Quentin Changeat, UCL Do you know what the Earth’s atmosphere is made of? You’d probably remember it’s oxygen, and maybe nitrogen. And with a little help from Google you can easily reach a more … Continue reading AI can reliably spot molecules on exoplanets – and might one day even discover new laws of physics

Invasive species are threatening Antarctica’s fragile ecosystems as human activity grows and the world warms

Dana M Bergstrom, University of Wollongong and Shavawn Donoghue, University of Tasmania We tend to think Antarctica is isolated and far away – biologically speaking, this is true. But the continent is busier than you probably imagine, with many national … Continue reading Invasive species are threatening Antarctica’s fragile ecosystems as human activity grows and the world warms

Ocean discovered on Enceladus may be best place to look for alien life

  Evidence from Cassini spacecraft suggests a large body of liquid water beneath the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus • Interactive: the discovery explained An artist’s impression of the interior of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, based on data from the Cassini space probe suggesting the moon contains a water ocean beneath its south pole. Illustration: Nasa/JPL-Caltech Researchers have discovered a deep saltwater ocean on one of the many small moons that orbit Saturn, leading scientists to conclude it is the most likely place in the solar system for extraterrestrial life to be found. Gravitational field measurements taken by Nasa’s Cassini space probe revealed that a … Continue reading Ocean discovered on Enceladus may be best place to look for alien life