Pioneering scientist Professor Colin Pillinger, who was the driving force behind Britain's Mars lander Beagle 2, suffered a brain haemorrhage at his home in Cambridge.
The professor, who was awarded the CBE in 2003, later died in hospital, a spokesman said.
Planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger, who was known for his Beagle 2 Mars mission, has died aged 70.
Common bacteria found in water and soil talk to each other using language in much the same way as we do, scientists have discovered.
The bugs display a level of "combinatorial" communication previously thought to be unique to humans and certain other primates, which involves using two signals together to transmit a message that is distinct from them both.
Until now this type of communication had only been observed in humans and their closest relatives. However, the study published in the Public Library Of Science ONE found that the Psuedomonas aeruginosa microbe is similarly capable using chemicals instead of words.
An Earth-like planet confirmed by Nasa in the habitable zone around the Kelper-186 star has 'potential' to host liquid water - one of the pre-requisites for life as we know it to exist.
Nasa research scientist Tom Barclay has said that the hopes of the Kelper team have been answered with the discovery of Kepler-186f.
The discovery of the Earth-like planet orbiting star Kepler has demonstrated the existence of planets that could potentially hold life.
Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:
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Scientists scouring the sky have discovered an 'Earth-like' planet in the habitable zone.
The new planet, dubbed Kepler-186f, was discovered using NASA's Kepler telescope, which was launched in March 2009 to search for Earth-sized planets in our corner of the Milky Way Galaxy.
A habitable zone planet orbits its star at a distance where any water on the planet's surface is likely to stay liquid. Since liquid water is critical to life on Earth, many astronomers believe the search for extraterrestrial life should focus on planets where liquid water occurs.
"Some people call these habitable planets, which of course we have no idea if they are," astronomer Stephen Kane said. "We simply know that they are in the habitable zone, and that is the best place to start looking for habitable planets."
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An ocean of water that could support life lies under the surface of Saturn's tiny moon Enceladus, scientists have confirmed.Read the full story ›
Scientists have mapped a total 21 different emotions we express in our faces - from happy and sad to 'happily disgusted' and 'sadly angry'.Read the full story ›