Found a cool article on forbes.com the other day talking about how some people think we’ll look as Humans in 20,000, 60,000 and even 100,000 years. It’s very interesting because they take into consideration the fact that we’ll soon be able to fully adjust the genetics of how we look before we’re born.
Now this article doesn’t go into the ethics of if we will modify these genes or not, it’s written with an understanding that we will.
They say out eyes will become larger, to help us with low light space colonies. Our skin will be more pigmented to assist with much of the same.
There are a few other things think will change, such as instead of wearing our technology on the outside, we will have it implanted on the inside.
BBC News has an article stating that scientists now have definitive proof that many of the landscapes seen on Mars were indeed cut by flowing water.
Researchers have found rounded pebbles in the Gale Crater on Mars.
“Big deal they found rounded rocks!” you might be saying. Well these pebbles’ smooth appearance is identical to pebbles found in rivers here on Earth. Now when rock fragments roll on the bottom of of a stream of water will have their edges knocked off, thus rounding them. Eventually they will come to a rest in a characteristic overlapping pattern.
The Curiosity rover has photographic proof of rocks with these exact characteristics; thus proving that flowing water had a part in shaping the martian landscape.
Space.com has a cool picture and video showing a Supermassive Black Hole in a Galaxy 850 Million light-years from Earth called 4C+29.30. The picture shows the black hole spewing humongous jets of dust, gas and other material.
Later this year, as forbes.com reports, NASA will launch the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission. MAVEN will be dedicated to testing the upper atmosphere and the processes that turned it into the hunk of dusty rock we know today.
This will hopefully show us if and how we can someday turn Mars into a humanly habitable planet.
Check out the article here to see more about the $671 million mission.
When I first moved to Denver, Colorado from the middle of nowhere Oklahoma where I grew up, one of the first things I realized was that I no longer had a very good view of the stars on a clear night. While this may not seem like a big deal to to some, but for someone who loved to lay out in the back yard and stare up at the stars at night, not having that available without a minimum 30 minute drive was more than disappointing.
Why does this happen you might be asking? Well to put it simply, it’s light pollution. Yes, I said light pollution. Every light, especially streetlamps in towns do not do a very good job of directing light where they actually want to go, so there’s a lot of light pollution. Because everything we see is light hitting the back of our eyes, the more pollution we have the less we can see from the sky. The graphic below shows a great example of what I’m talking about. I grew up with the night sky generally being halfway between number 3 and number 5 on the picture where as now I’m between 7 and 9.
Big deal you might be saying. There has been multiple news articles stating that in numerous inner cities, when they’ve had blackouts people were actually able to see hints of the Milkyway Galaxy (most likely around number 3 on the picture) and called 911 because they had no idea what it was and thought it was smoke and thought something exploded or some other emergency.
Fear not though! BBC.co.uk reports that researches from Mexico and Japan believe they’ve developed a new LED streetlamp design that will greatly lessen the light pollution of street lamps.
Space.com reported the other day that in a new agreement NASA will now foot the entire bill to ramp up our Plutonium-238 production. Originally the bill was going to split between the U.S. Energy Department and NASA, however as NASA is the only expected user of the Pu-238 they’ve been told they’ll now foot the entire bill.
Now this may not seem like too big of a deal but keep in mind, that we as a country, have not produced any Pu-238 in over 25 years. Now this is not used for bombs, it’s the wrong type of fuel, Pu-238 is used to fuel deep space probes (Voyager 1 and 2), and even some long running rovers (Curiosity).
Since the U.S. stopped producing it’s own, we’ve been getting our Pu-238 from Russia. Our last shipment was in 2010 and we’re starting to run out. Add to this that NASA is being tasked with getting deeper and deeper into space, we’ll need more Plutonium-238 sooner rather than later. This restart will cost an estimated $75 million to $90 million.
LiveScience.com has an article regarding Spooky Quantum Entanglement, so named by Albert Einstein himself.
For those that don’t know according to quantum mechanics, two or more particles can become “entangled” so that even after they are separated in space, when an action is performed on one particle, the other particle responds immediately.
The article confirms a crazy prediction regarding Quantum Entanglement that what happens to one particle will instantly happen to the other so that their states are always the same.
As a side note, this is used as a form of instant communication in Mass Effect 2 and 3.