Interview with an Astrobiologist

This article is taken from the Winter 2011 issue of I, Science. Jennifer Whyntie talks to astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell about what got him started, Conan the Bacterium, skywhales, and how he balances science outreach with his research. Lewis Dartnell is a research fellow at UCL’s Institute of Origins, having done a PhD in astrobiology and […]

Our Planetary Neighbourhood

ESO/L. Calçada This article is taken from the Winter 2011 issue of I, Science. Nicola Guttridge explores the hunt for planets around other stars, and how this is helping to answer questions about the possible existence of alien life in our universe. There is no place more inhospitable and mysterious than space, although if you […]

5 Space Breakthroughs of 2011

With the New Year comes the inevitable question of resolutions – how will you better yourself in 2012? The familiar answers of getting fit, losing weight, saving money and the like are a bit jaded, although surprisingly resolutions have been proven to make a huge difference to how we accomplish our desired goals. With this […]

A Year in the Life of Neptune

Having started life as a hypothetical planet, it was only recently that Neptune’s precise path through space was confirmed, as it completed its first full orbit since its discovery in 1846. To celebrate this occasion, NASA released some stunning anniversary pictures, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. At the giant planet’s great distance of 30 […]