Scientists have made a massive breakthrough in the search for water on Mars, the discovery of a huge reservoir of water beneath the planet’s surface. The subsurface 20km lake at the planet’s southern pole gives us our strongest sign yet that Mars could support living organisms.
These are the Scisco media science dispatches for the second week in July 2018, including Mars’ ‘ghost’ dunes, CERN’s technology leads to colour X-ray breakthrough which may revolutionise disease identification and the development of ammonia s a renewable, carbon-free fuel.
The past month has seen several fairly major developments with regards to the discovery of organic molecules at different locations in the solar system. First NASA announced the discovery of variations in methane concentrations on Mars, followed by the discovery of organic molecules in Martian mudstone. More recently it was revealed that the Cassini probe had observed even more massive organic molecules on Saturn’s moon Enceladus. What is it about these discoveries that point to the possibility of life elsewhere in the Solar-system?
The science dispatches for the second week in June 2018. Martian dust storms have halted the progress of NASA’s Opportunity rover. Researchers find a new way of detecting exoplanets around young stars. Work begins on an upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider. And President Trump’s pick for the head of NASA, Jim Bridenstine, shows a positive change in attitude towards climate change.
A look at a selection of the most important and interesting science stories from the first week of May 2018, including NASA’s INSIGHT probe’s mission to Mars, nuclear fusion for space exploration, photosynthetic sea-slugs and Stephen Hawking’s final research-paper.