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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...

IPLU funds interdisciplinary projects in planetary science and life in the universe

11 May 2022

Last year, the Cambridge Initiative for Planetary Science and Life in the Universe (IPLU) opened the first round of the Cambridge Planetary Science and Life in the Universe Research Grants Scheme . The purpose of the scheme is to enable researchers within the School of Physical Sciences of the University of Cambridge and...

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