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2008-10-30 14:40:00

The UK's Royal Society is conducting an investigation to determine if ambitious engineering schemes could reduce the impact of global warming. "Geo-engineering" experiments, such as putting mirrors into space and iron filings in oceans, are being proposed and the society says they must be properly assessed - however fantastical. Climate scientists and engineers' groups will study a variety of these ideas and produce a report by the middle of next year. However, environmental groups are...

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2008-04-16 14:15:00

Is there anybody out there? Probably not, according to a scientist from the University of East Anglia. A mathematical model produced by Prof Andrew Watson suggests that the odds of finding new life on other Earth-like planets are low, given the time it has taken for beings such as humans to evolve and the remaining life span of Earth.Structurally complex and intelligent life evolved late on Earth and it has already been suggested that this process might be governed by a small number of very...