This week Perseverance spotted some shiny trash, there was news of a couple of nearby super-Earths, and we had a fascinating discussion with Professor Brian Cox. Find some of the biggest stories of the past week below.
Perseverance Found Some Unexpected Trash On Mars
It seems like a constant of humanity is to leave trash behind wherever we go. From the bottom of the Mariana Trench to the top of the Himalayas, we can find garbage. Other worlds are apparently not immune to this, as NASA’s Perseverance is documenting. The rover has snapped a picture of what appears to be a bit of foil stuck between rocks. Read the full story here
One-Shot HIV Treatment Shows Early Promise In Mouse Study
A single shot can spark the creation of bio-engineered immune cells that are capable of neutralizing the HIV virus in mice, according to a new study. The researchers suggest their work could eventually help to pave the way toward the development of a one-time treatment or a vaccine for patients with HIV. Read the full story here
Brand-New Multi-Planet System Discovered Just 10 Parsecs From Earth
A team of astronomers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has discovered one of the closest multi-planet systems to our own. Two super-Earths orbit around the cool M-dwarf star HD 260655 and the whole system is located 10 parsecs, or about 33 light-years, away. Read the full story here
Jewelry, Personal Hygiene Kits, And 141 Anglo-Saxon Burials Uncovered In England
The HS2 high-speed rail link project is an ongoing momentum infrastructure project. With more than 1,000 archaeologists having been employed to excavate over 60 sites, they have recently made an exciting discovery of national significance: 141 Anglo Saxon burial sites dating back to the 5th and 6th century. Read the full story here
Professor Brian Cox On Following Perseverance In New Film "Seven Days On Mars"
We spoke to Professor Brian Cox about his new film following Perseverance’s every move as it makes its record-breaking journey across the Red Planet. Read the full story here