Researchers from the Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure, carrying out the first investigation into the site’s geology, mineralogy and biology, have found that the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia hosts at least three extreme ecosystems that have the potential to help us understand how life might arise on other planets and moons.
’Science Communication in Theory & Practice’ is a highly interactive summer school that offers students the opportunity to gain skills in the understanding, analysis and production of science communication and in interdisciplinary, problem-oriented collaboration. The application deadline is 1 April 2016.
The first successful detection of gases in the atmosphere of a super-Earth reveals the presence of hydrogen and helium, but no water vapour. The exotic exoplanet, 55 Cancri e, is over eight times the mass of Earth and has previously been dubbed the ‘diamond planet’ because models based on its mass and radius have led some astronomers to speculate that its interior is carbon-rich. Now, using new processing techniques on data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a UCL-led team of European researchers has been able to examine the atmosphere of 55 Cancri e in unprecedented detail. The results will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.
The analyses on the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters in 2016 for 191 nations were carried out by applying the Index for Risk Management – InfoRM, an open-source risk assessment tool designed to support decisions about crisis and disaster prevention, preparedness and response.
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) are presenting a joint research project at the World Climate Summit in Paris. The audio installation converts the physiological noises of trees into audible sounds.