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Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe

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Launch of the Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe

8 August 2022

The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe (LCLU) was officially launched on 27 June 2022 at Clare College, Cambridge. The Centre seeks to harness simultaneous breakthroughs in astrophysics, planetology, organic chemistry, biology and cognate disciplines to develop a deeper understanding of life, its emergence, and its...

No signs (yet) of life on Venus

15 June 2022

The unusual behaviour of sulphur in Venus’ atmosphere cannot be explained by an ‘aerial’ form of extra-terrestrial life, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Cambridge used a combination of biochemistry and atmospheric chemistry to test the ‘life in the clouds’ hypothesis, which astronomers have...

First animals developed complex ecosystems before the Cambrian explosion

19 May 2022

Early animals formed complex ecological communities more than 550 million years ago, setting the evolutionary stage for the Cambrian explosion, according to a study by Rebecca Eden, an undergraduate student who worked on this as part of her final year project in the Department of Zoology, Emily Mitchell , and Andrea Manica...

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