Category: Science

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Will We Actually Watch Our Future Unfold?

New data from NASA’s Kepler K2 mission seems to suggest that there is evidence to support the claim that a distant white dwarf star is destroying the large, rocky body it orbits. The Kepler K2 mission first noticed this small planet, which is around the size of Ceres, due to dips in the brightness of stars. This then lead to the discovery of this white dwarf star, orbiting 520, 000 miles away, as it passed in front of the planet. White dwarfs are the remnants of dead stars. After a regular star uses up all its nuclear fuel, it turns...

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Sticks and Stones? Or Drones?

Are drones leading us to war? Albert Einstein once said that he didn’t know how World War III would be fought, though he did know about World War IV – with sticks and stones. He was warning us that our escalation of nuclear weapons would lead to a war where very little – and very few – were left standing. Today, what would Einstein think of the recent escalation of combat drones? Defense planners argue that drones save lives, sparing those who would’ve had to fight the enemy face to face, or gun-sight to gun-sight. Now, with drones, or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial...

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New Zealand Creates Massive Ocean Sanctuary

New Zealand Creates One Of Earth’s Largest Ocean Sanctuaries New Zealand is pushing the limit of aquatic protected areas with their creation of a 239,000 sq mile ocean sanctuary. Commercial and recreational fishing will be completely banned, as will oil, gas and mineral prospecting, exploration and mining. Nearly 630 miles north-east of New Zealand the Kermadec ocean sanctuary will be one of the world’s “most significant fully protected ecosystems”, the prime minister of New Zealand, John Key, told the UN general assembly in New York. The marine reserve will encompass a collection of small islands and surrounding ocean and is considered crucial for biodiversity with researchers...

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‘Frozen Zoo’ to save Endangered Species

‘Frozen Zoo’ to save Endangered Species The University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center at West Laboratory has announced that it has begun to collect genetic material from endangered species in a sort of “frozen zoo” in ordered to save endangered species. Skin samples were extracted from a Sumatran tiger who was euthanized at Zoo Atlanta in 2010 and a cloud leopard in 2013. The current focus is on endangered animals in zoos, in particular big cats, though the team would like to also collect panther skin samples from Florida.  The project has an eye to expand it’s scope once it...

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New Creature, Biofluorescent Sea Turtle!

New Creature, Biofluorescent Sea Turtle! It is the first of it’s kind: A bioluminescent hawksbill sea turtle from the Solomon Islands has been found by a group of scientists filming sharks and coral reefs. David Gruber, a marine biologist from City University of New York and National Geographic Explorer, with his team were not out to study sea turtles while on a trip to the Solomon Islands; instead, they were studying sharks and coral reefs. While filming with an underwater camera, the crew captured something remarkable: a hawksbill sea turtle with bioluminescent features (actually deemed biofluorescent), with the glow of the turtle flashing green and...

Anatoli Brouchkov stands in front of Mammoth Mountain near the site of the bacteria's discovery. (Twitter) 1

‘Mad Scientist’ Injects Himself with 3.5M Year-Old Bacteria

‘Mad Scientist’ Injects Himself with 3.5M Year-Old Bacteria (Moscow) A scientist in Russia has reportedly injected himself with an ancient bacteria in hopes to find the key to ‘prolonged human life.’ In 2009, Anatoli Brouchkov, head of the department for Geocryology at Moscow State University discovered a 3.5 million year-old bacterial organism still living within layers of permafront at a site known as Mammoth Mounter located in Siberia. Brouchkov went against protocol, in what many researchers would deem ‘irresponsible’ at best, and what any fan of The X-Files might find ‘cringeworthy’. Puzzled by the organism’s longevity,  curiosity got the best of him so Brouchkov decided to go...

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The Metal Guitarist That Discovered Water On Mars

The Metal Guitarist That Discovered Water On Mars There is no doubt that Lujendra “Luju” Ojha played a pivotal role in finding water on Mars, but what was his life like prior to the discovery? Turns out, before he was a successful scientist— he was a death-metal guitarist. Ojha devised a new technique to analyze photos from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and wound up finding evidence of water mixing with salts. “The discovery of RSL (recurring slope lineae), or the flowing salt water observed on Mars, was kind of like my undergraduate thesis when I was at the University of Arizona,” Ojha explained....

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Italian Company Capsula Mundi Designs Egg Like Coffins

A New Eco-Friendly Way To Be Buried. Tired of the usual creepy lines of headstones in your local graveyard? How about an entire forest grown from dead people to tickle your Franken-fetish? Capsula Mundi is an Italian company who has designed an egg shaped capsule for human burials. The deceased can fit into the bio-degradable egg by being placed into the fetal position. The capsule is planted like a seed in the soil and the tree of your choice will be planted above it which can be tended to by your surviving loved ones. Capsula Mundi is produced with 100% biodegradable materials including starch...

Narrow, dark streaks (RSL) on slopes of Hale Crater of Mars indicate subsurface water (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) 0

Water on Mars–Where Do We Go From Here?

Water on Mars–Where Do We Go From Here? Today’s exciting NASA press briefing confirmed what we suspected: Mars has water flows, at least intermittently. Where water flows, there is a good possibility of life, but what exactly do these conditions signify? “Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water,’ in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what we’ve long suspected,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water — albeit briny —...

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‘Super Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse visible Sunday Night, September 27th

‘Super Blood Moon’ lunar eclipse will be visible Sunday Night, September 27th ‘Super Blood Moon’. The name alone sounds ominous. It could easily be the title of a cheesy sci-fi B movie or a song by an 80’s post-punk band. In actuality, a Super Blood Moon eclipse is a rare astronomical phenomenon that will produce a moon that can appear bigger than usual and have a reddish color, hence the “Blood Moon” nickname. A super moon occurs when the moon is in its orbit that is closest to Earth, making it appear only about 7% larger. As our Editor pointed out earlier this month, in truth, that...

Seasonal flows on slopes of Palikir Crater on Mars indicate salty running water (HiRISE imagery from NASA) 2

BREAKING: Present-Day Running Water on Mars Confirmed!

Present-Day Running Water on Mars Confirmed As the European Planetary Science Congress 2015 (EPSC) prepares to start in Nantes, France, today, it quietly carries news that NASA may shout tomorrow at the Mars press briefing: present-day water flow has been confirmed on Mars! An abstract from the conference proceedings by Lujendra Ojha et al confirms spectral evidence for hydrated salts–briny, salty water–in four different locations on Mars. This work has been ongoing, and has been documented throughout its study by NASA. The dark, seasonal streaks, frequently growing on the warmer slopes of Martian craters, were long thought to possibly indicate water...

NASA will make an announcement on a "major science finding" about Mars, seen here in a true-color image. (NASA) 4

NASA Announcement on Mars Mystery

 NASA Announcement on Mars Mystery Upcoming Press Briefing NASA has scheduled a press briefing for Monday, 28 September 2015, to detail a “major science finding” about Mars. Is it confirmation of water on the planet? Microbial life? Or something more unexpected, perhaps concerning the spectacularly odd rock formations Mars claims? There has been much speculation on the nature of the finding, with everyone scrambling for clues from discussions of recent findings. Inverse agrees that the composition of the press briefing contingent may give a clue: it includes Dr. Alfred McEwen, the principal investigator of HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment), and...