It’s fitting that, on the 40th anniversary of Douglas Adams’ The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the theme of the 2018 Edinburgh International Science Festival (31 March to 15 April) is “Life, the Universe and Everything”.
It’s also a significant year for festival itself; its 30th “edition”. Yes, Edinburgh in August may be home to the largest Arts Festivals in the world, but the Scottish capital also pioneered the idea of a science festival back in 1989.
Similar events now take place round the planet. Still, it’s a good bet that...
In The Search for Life in the Universe (9 April), astrobiologist Prof Charles Cockell took his audience on an engaging tour of “recent discoveries that put us on the brink of being able to answer this question for the first time”.
These ranged from planned missions to Mars to potential dives into the sub-surface oceans of Enceladus and Europa; and astrobiology’s own “holy grail”, the discovery of a “second Earth” exoplanet within its star’s “habitable zone”.