Commenting on the discovery of ancient organic molecules on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover, Dr Daniel Bayliss, assistant professor in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick, said: "Today we learnt of the breakthrough discovery of organic compounds on Mars. This is so exciting because these compounds could be formed by living organisms. The quest now will be to try to find out the origins of these compounds. Evidence for life on Mars may tell us how easy or hard it is for life to start on other planets, which has far reaching implications for life elsewhere in our Galaxy.”
A new proposal could be the first to test if gravity is quantum.
Congratulations to the Astrophysical Transients team of Andrew Levan, Danny Steeghs, Ryan Cutter, Ben Gompertz, Joe Lyman, Sam Oates, Elizabeth Stanway and Krzysztof Ulaczyk as runners-up in the 2018 University Awards, for their detection of electromagnetic light from merging neutron stars, triggered by gravitational wave signals. The team's research has already appeared in 15 papers, enabling the origin of the heaviest elements to be ascertained and providing a new route to measuring the expansion of the Universe.
Part of a new £20 million investment by EPSRC in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) equipment across UK institutions, the £8M, 1GHz NMR instrument at Warwick will provide new structural and dynamic information in chemistry, materials science and biology. It will add to our already significant NMR capabilities that include the 850MHz high-field solid-state NMR National Research Facility, which has been serving a broad academic and industrial user-base since 2010.