It seems like oxygen may not be the most reliable indicator of life on other planets. A new study has revealed that there are scenarios that lead to oxygen in planets’ atmospheres, but without the presence of life. For example, a planet similar to Earth but with more water during its early formation could end up with deep oceans that put immense pressure on the crust, stopping geological activity that normally removes oxygen from the atmosphere.
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Researcher uses AI to make texts that are thousands of years old readable
The Gilgamesh Epic, the oldest work of world literature, has been brought back to life by LMU researchers in the Electronic Babylonian Literature project. Using their new Fragmentarium tool, they have discovered hundreds of manuscripts, including the most recent tablet of the Gilgamesh Epic which dates from 130 BC – thousands of years after the earliest known version. This shows how highly valued the Epic was, even at a late period. With the public release of the Fragmentarium, anyone can now explore the thousands of cuneiform fragments and explore the ancient Babylonian literature. Read full article here