Time to add another vacation destination for future space travel. Nasa just released a thrilling discovery, they found seven earth-like planets in our cosmic backyard. This is a tremendous discovery, as much of the exoplanets scientists have found are gas giants, planets like Jupiter. With this discovery comes the possibility of alien life on those planets, three of the seven are in the right spot for this to possible. Time will only tell more secrets as we focus our gaze toward the stars.
Back in 2006 we lost our Ninth Planet. The International Astronomical Union (IAU), the main group that help set the rules for everything space related, demoted Pluto from Planet to Dwarf Planet. The demotion was hotly contested, but the ruling stayed. In 2015, we had the New Horizons spacecraft perform a flyby of the freshly demoted body. Now scientists that helped run the New Horizons, are working on recovering Pluto’s status as a Planet. If successful they would add Pluto back on the list of Planets in our solar system, as well as a few dozen more.
One of the most beautiful aspects of the oceans are the coral reefs. Full of colorful life, they provide magnitudes of benefits for the local environments. But as the world undergoes Global Warming, the coral reefs are beginning to die in mass. To help combat this adventurers and conservationists are using 3D printing to create the bedrock needed for coral to flourish. We could start rebuilding the coral we lost as we work on undoing Global Warming.
Who wants to discover a new planet? Researchers from MIT and Carnegie Institution of Science have released more than 20 years of Star sightings and observations. Using their programs and tutorials, you can use this data find the signature wobble a star has, when it has a planet orbiting it. There are over 1,600 stars in this set of data they opened up, you’ll have no shortage of stars to look at for some time if you’re willing to undertake this endeavor. Who knows, if you discover a planet that the experts missed, they may let you name it.
Just a year ago, we wrapped up the Rio De Janeiro Olympic games. And already we’re hearing news of the next games. Set for Tokyo, they have a creative idea when it comes to their medals. Due to Japan’s populace, heavy use of mobile devices, they plan to make the medals out of old cell phones. Every phone has small amounts of Gold, Silver, and Bronze. It will be a first for the medals metals to be used once before and sets a precedent for future games.
Our time with Saturn is coming to a close. For over 20 years we’ve had a satellite named Cassini be Saturn’s guest. Through this satellite, we’ve learned numerous things about our ringed neighbor. And now the satellite is making its last moves to get ever closer to the gas giant. With this move we’ll be able to view beautiful and stunning pictures of the rings and the planet itself, as it makes its final plunge. Set make its final dive several months from now, we’re expecting some of the best pictures yet to come.
The War on Cancer never ends, there have been many battle won and lost. But thanks to researchers in Britain, we have a victory today. Through genetically engineering white blood cells, doctors where able to clear out two young infants of Leukemia. The white blood cells were donated from a healthy adult, they were then engineered to fight the children’s Leukemia. This event opens the possibility of future treatments and cures for other Cancers.
Anyone who lives in the north, will tell you that dealing with snow is not a favorited task that we all must abide. Your mind wonders as you endlessly shovel your way out, we doubt anyone hasn’t thought of using heavy artillery, of some sort, to take care of the mess. Well that’s what our neighbors to the north do. The Canadian Military and Canadian Park Services work in cooperation to find and start Avalanches before they can cause harm. Down here I don’t think we need Howitzers, but maybe we could use Flamethrowers for the sidewalks.
The creation of a Human, usually takes two to Tango the dance of life. But recent advancements in medical science may open that dance for three. Doctors in Kiev, Ukraine helped deliver of newborn girl that technically has three parents. The main parents were unable to bear a child. Doctors were able to use a form of a Surrogate Mother to aid them. Doing so made the surrogate partly related to the child. This isn’t first time this has been done, but it is the first done in this manner. The newborn child in question, now just has a very close aunt.
Caffeine, a must have for many people every morning, the Wizards included. That addicting buzz of energy when you need it, in a drink that you enjoy. Either it’s through Coffee, Energy Drinks, or Tea, everyone has their drink of choice. And it may have just become more addicting, after Stanford researchers have found a link to Caffeine countering age-related inflammation. This inflammation is a root cause to multiple illnesses, cancers, and other unwanted afflictions. Much more research is need, but it’s another positive to look forward to in that morning drink.