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Oldest evidence of life on land — In The News

Tessa Evans posted in on May 11th, 2017.

Giving weight to Darwin’s theory that life likely originated in a ‘warm little pond’ on land, Australian and New Zealand scientists have found the oldest evidence of life on land in ancient hot spring deposits in the Pilbara, West Australia. The find, published in Nature Communications, sets back the record of life in hot springs by […]

Dunedin’s International Science Festival – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 15th, 2016.

Dunedin has once again played host to the International Science Festival, which comes to town every two years bringing scientists and science fans together. The festival finishes on July 16, but this week has sparked a range of media coverage of the events. Sessions included concussions in sport, 3D technology, women in science and a […]

Liquid water on Mars – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on September 29th, 2015.

Salty streaks identified by an orbiting spacecraft could be the first solid evidence of liquid water – a key ingredient for life as we know it – on the Red Planet. Evidence of salty water flows on Mars have been identified by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The findings were published this morning in the journal […]

Evidence of liquid water on Mars – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on April 15th, 2015.

Scientists have found evidence that liquid water is currently present on Mars – but does this mean that there might be, or have been, life on the Red Planet? Using data collected by the Curiosity rover, the researchers have determined that tiny amounts of water vapour condenses as a liquid in the planet’s soil at […]

Curiosity rover landing, search for life on Mars – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on August 6th, 2012.

UPDATED: NASA’s latest Mars rover, Curiosity, is making its final approach to the Red Planet, due to touch down today at 05:31 UTC (17:31 NZT). Full information on the mission and the rover can be found on the official Mars Science Laboratory website. Reaction from scientists gathered by our colleagues at the UK SMC: Dr […]

3 News: Case for Martian water strengthens

Peter Griffin posted in on April 14th, 2010.

Dan Satherley reports for 3 News that two new reports have strengthened the case for water not being an earth-only phenomenon. One report suggests that the moon has large ice deposits in some areas, whereas the other has found evidence that a change in the shape of moon gullies could be due to water melting […]

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