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British astronomers set up new network to join the search for extraterrestrial life

British astronomers have set up an experts’ network to promote the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, the Royal Astronomical Society said on Friday. The starter group comprises academics from 11 British institutions, who will pore over data from radio telescopes and swap ideas such as how to detect any signals from…

Return to moon put in jeopardy by dust, scientists say

A return to the Moon could be hampered by dust, a poorly-understood threat to machines and people alike, according to a presentation at a space conference that ended Friday. Simulations by scientists in Britain and France show that in key zones of Earth’s satellite, dust kicked up by a landing…

Extremophile microbes to inherit the Earth in two billion years

Two billion years from now, an ever-hotter Sun will have cooked the Earth, leaving microbes confined to pockets of water in mountains or caves as the last survivors, a study said Monday. The bleak scenario is proposed by astrobiologist Jack O’Malley-James of the University of St. Andrews, Edinburgh. As the…

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