OPINION - Tech & Science Daily podcast: Nasa space gun to hunt life on Mars

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Could a hand-held laser gun help future Mars missions hunt down alien life forms?

The University of Maryland–led team says the Nasa-funded zapper, called Orbitrap, is a smaller version of a drug discovery device instrument used in labs that can be easily tucked away aboard a spaceship.

It uses an ultraviolet ray to scan Martian particles for organic compounds.

Volcano experts have discovered a vast, moving chamber of magma gurgling away beneath an underground volcano close to the fancy tourist beaches of Santorini in Greece.

Tech & Science Daily finds what the team uncovered with study lead author Dr Kajetan Chrapkiewicz, a geophysicist at Imperial College London.

The population of China has fallen for the first time in six decades with just 6.77 births for every 1,000 people - despite the scrapping of the communist regime’s one-child policy.

At the same time, amid Covid, the rate of deaths also outpaced the number of births at the highest rate since the mid-Seventies.

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