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Cambridge launches new Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe

10 January 2022

With a £10 million grant awarded by the Leverhulme Trust , the University of Cambridge is to establish a new research centre dedicated to exploring the nature and extent of life in the Universe. The Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe will bring together an international team of scientists and philosophers, led by...

Could acid-neutralising life-forms make habitable pockets in Venus’ clouds?

21 December 2021

A new study shows it’s theoretically possible. The hypothesis could be tested soon with proposed Venus-bound missions. It’s hard to imagine a more inhospitable world than our closest planetary neighbour. With an atmosphere thick with carbon dioxide, and a surface hot enough to melt lead, Venus is a scorched and suffocating...

Cambridge astrochemist and physicist receives early career award from the International Society of the Study of the Origin of Life

20 December 2021

Cambridge University astrochemist and experimental physicist Dr Paul Rimmer of the Department of Earth Sciences has been selected to receive the Stanley L. Miller Early Career Award from the International Society of the Study of the Origin of Life . The award is provided in recognition of his outstanding contributions to...