Archive for April 14th, 2017:

Should we mine on the ocean floor?

British scientists have announced what they are calling an “astonishing” discovery deep in the Atlantic Ocean. They found that an underwater mountain near the Canary Islands holds some of the richest deposits of rare minerals anywhere on Earth. David Shukman reports. Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-39572104

What ingredients are needed for life beyond Earth?

Nasa believes one of Saturn’s moons, known as Enceladus, may now be the single best place to look for life beyond Earth. The discovery was made through Nasa’s Cassini probe, which flew close enough to examine the icy moon. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist and researcher at University College London, tells Radio 4′s Today the moon

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Saturn moon ‘able to support life’

Image copyright NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI Image caption Easy to sample: Jets of water spew from the south pole of Enceladus. Saturn’s ice-crusted moon Enceladus may now be the single best place to go to look for life beyond Earth. The assessment comes on the heels of new observations at the 500km-wide world made by the Cassini probe.

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