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An artist’s impression of `Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System. ESA/Hubble, NASA, ESO, M. Kornmesser, CC BY

Evidence of aliens? What to make of research and reporting on ‘Oumuamua, our visitor from space

Evidence of aliens? What to make of research and reporting on ‘Oumuamua, our visitor from space An artist’s impression of `Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System. ESA/Hubble, NASA, ESO, M. Kornmesser, CC BY Steven Tingay, Curtin University This article is part of our occasional long read…

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The south polar cap of Mars is hiding a subsurface lake, according to new research. NASA/JPL/MSSS

What on Earth could live in a salt water lake on Mars? An expert explains

What on Earth could live in a salt water lake on Mars? An expert explains The south polar cap of Mars is hiding a subsurface lake, according to new research. NASA/JPL/MSSS John E. Hallsworth, Queen’s University Belfast Tantalising new evidence has suggested that there may be a salty lake below…

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Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth

Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth False colour mosaic made from infrared data collected by the Cassini spacecraft. NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute Ravi Desai, UCL How chemical reactions on a lifeless planet floating around in the…

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We worked out what it would take to wipe out all life on a planet – and it’s good news for alien hunters

We worked out what it would take to wipe out all life on a planet – and it’s good news for alien hunters Shutterstock Rafael Alves Batista, University of Oxford and David Sloan, University of Oxford The first exoplanet was spotted in 1988. Since then more than 3,000 planets have…

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Artist’s concept of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Elon Musk releases details of plan to colonise Mars – here’s what a planetary expert thinks

Elon Musk releases details of plan to colonise Mars – here’s what a planetary expert thinks Artist’s concept of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech Andrew Coates, UCL Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, has released new details of his vision to colonise parts of the…

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Aliens, very strange universes and Brexit – Martin Rees Q&A

Aliens, very strange universes and Brexit – Martin Rees Q&A Martin Rees, University of Cambridge Martin Rees is Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, at the University of Cambridge, the Astronomer Royal, a member of Britain’s House of Lords, and a former President of the Royal Society. The following interview…

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