Dark Thirty Radio – May 19th, 2016
Tonight on “Dark Thirty” Radio Show
Astronomers Question Their Direction In The Search For Extra Terrestrial Life
Astronomers are torn as to which direction to look in the search for signals from intelligent beings on distant worlds, Jupiter’s fourth largest moon Europa or Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.
A vast ocean is thought to exist beneath the frozen surface of Europa while Titan is covered in massive pools of hydrocarbons.
Regardless, both Europa and Titan present wonderful possibilities for finding new lifeforms
Source: Tech Times
Drake Equation Reinvented With Startling Results
Researchers have reinvented the 1961 Drake equation and came to the mathematical likelihood that the chances of humans on Earth being the only intelligent life in the universe is ten-billion-trillion to one.
The scientific approach to investigating other sources of life could change as a result of their
Blind Man Sees Again After 40 Years Thanks To A Bionic Eye Transplant
Texas man John Jameson is one of only a handful of patients to receive a bionic eye implant since the technology was approved by the FDA less than two years ago and can now legal see again after 40 years of blindness.
The implantable miniature telescope an magnify images in front of the eye up to 2.7 times their normal size.
Source: Mysterious Universe
The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure Calls For Jupiter Watchers
Marc Delcroix, a researcher with the French Astronomical Society has organized a group of amateur astronomers from all over the world, to watch for and report fireballs caused by meteors crashing into Jupiter.
The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure is a collaborative research program sponsored by the European Union, with the goal to integrate and support planetary science activities throughout Europe.
Could Currently Frozen Worlds Get A Second Chance To Harbor Life?
New research suggests that it is possible that stars twice the age of our sun could radiate enough heat to the outer edges of their solar systems to expand the habitable zone by heating up the previously frozen worlds around them.
Astronomers from Cornell University’s Carl Sagan Institute modeled the conditions necessary for life around these red giant stars by using space and ground-based telescopes by using the distance between Earth and our sun as reference.
Source: Christian Science Monitor
Researchers Prove That Tress Sleep Too
Researchers at the Center for Ecological Research in Hungary have, for the first time ever, observed trees as they slept.
The team scanned two birch trees, one in Finland and one in Austria, over the course of a single night and found that both trees were shown to undergo physical changes at night that can be likened to sleep, or at least to day-night cycles.
Source: New Scientist