An illustration of an asteroid orbiting through space.
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Scientists have been searching Earth’s surface for superheavy elements too difficult to make in the lab, but now, many are looking to the skies instead.
Raffiella Chapman in ‘Vesper.’
In the shadow of the climate crisis, a wave of speculative stories ask what it means to live in a world where everything is not an extractable resource — and where humans are not in control.
James Lovelock outside his home laboratory.
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Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis suggested that Earth could be considered a single, self-regulating organism.
Milanese residents appear at the window of their apartment displaying flags and singing the national anthem in Milan.
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The coronavirus outbreak shows it is time to start thinking of ourselves as part of something bigger - while also respecting the individual.
Milky Way from Moke Lake in New Zealand.
The Gaia satellite has uncovered the remains of a galaxy buried deep in the Milky Way.
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We have long wondered why Earth has stayed habitable enough for life to evolve over billions of years.
Gaia’s view of our Milky Way and neighbouring galaxies.
Detailed information about stars in our galaxy could help us discover new exoplanets.
Gaia’s first sky map.
The Gaia catalogue’s incredible precision is only possible due to accurate tracking of Gaia itself from the ground.
Extreme fire is part of life in places like San Diego, USA, pictured earlier this month. But local fire captain Richard Cordova says it’s “very odd for the month of May to have these types of fires”.
Environmentalism is undergoing a radical transformation. New science has shown how long-held notions about trying to “save the planet” and preserve the life we have today no longer apply. Instead, a growing…
Now whizzing through space, 1.5 million km from Earth.
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After its successful launch in December, European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia has now taken up its position in space and is ready to survey the skies. With the help of two onboard telescopes focused onto…