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With the Force…

One of the Wizard’s favorite epic sagas, Star Wars, turn 40 years old today. Through its tale of the light verses the dark, far away worlds and wondrous aliens has inspired and continues to inspire generations of people. The world would be a much different place without Star Wars.

Odd signals…

Something is amiss with our nearby neighbor star, KIC8462852, or better known as Tabby’s Star. For most stars that we study we see slight dips in the light they shine. This is due to their planets passing in front of them as they orbit their star. But for Tabby’s star the dip in light is far greater than a normal planet passing by. This peculiar star caught some scientist’s attention back in 2015, and just now acted up again. Some believe aliens while others believe comets, time will tell.

A hope for a cure…

In this day and age, there are multiple treatments for humanities many ills. One such treatment has been with us for some time, using insulin to treat diabetes. For some it’s a minor bother and an extra snack, but some others it’s a life destroying process. Researchers from the University of Miami may have found a process to help finally cure diabetes. Simply put they create a second organ to help create the insulin they need. An interesting and hopeful cure that will need further study.

A walk in the park…

ith the warming weather people are coming out to begin their spring cleaning and repair. But for the folks at the International Space Station (ISS), the repair work is a bit more awe-inspiring. Here is a quick video of Astronaut Thomas Pesquet making his rounds around the ISS.

Musical Chain…

Trappist-1, the recently discovered star system that gained international fame for being the closest possible source of life other than Earth. In recent finds, this star system may already be long gone. Everything we spy is on a delay. Researchers have found that the planets, that orbit closer to their star than our Mercury, are simulated to collide with one another. But Canadian researchers believe they found a reason why they may not have crashed together yet.

Mean green makes the world go around…

As scientists and researchers continue to search for a new energy source, the results continue to turn up green, literally. A group of researchers from the University of California have set their sights on using Algae to power and create the world. Different strains of the pond scrum can be turned into fuel, animal feed and even biodegradable plastic. Although early in their successful testing, much more must be researched before we all drive our cars on algae.

Unto the breach…

There are still many secrets within our own solar system backyard. Cassini, a satellite set to make its grand finale around Saturn, has just sent back a series of pictures from its first dive. The first of many, it was unknown if the satellite would survive the trip in between Saturn’s rings.  It took a few days but the surviving satellite has beamed back stunning up close pictures of Saturn. Take a look, as there are many more to come.

Discovering the unknown till the end…

And so, Cassini’s final run has begun. The Saturn orbiting satellite has begun its daring journey between Saturn’s icy rings. It made its final moves late last night, getting ever closer to the gas giant. Nasa was unsure if these final moves would bring the satellite to its premature end. But just earlier today it reported back with little to no issues. Cassini will continue making these ever daring dives until its final journey to the center of Saturn.

The Future of yesterday, today…

The Jetson’s cartoon of the late 60’s promised flying cars and robotic butlers in the futuristic age of the year 2000. We don’t have robotic butlers yet, but we are getting closer to flying cars. Say hello to Lilium, a Munich based company that recent showed off its proof of concept flying car.  They’re not alone in their crusade of flying cars, Uber has been making strides in the same direction with their own designs. Each car, all electric, are designed to be an elevated taxi service in the beginning, eventually expanding out to civilian vehicles. It may be a bit late, but it seems we’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to our flying cars of the future.

Long lost family member found…

Our little planetary family keeps growing. Researchers from the Atacama Large Millimeter Array have discovered a new dwarf planet. Far beyond our beloved Pluto and less than a quarter of the size of the continental United States. It’s the smallest dwarf planet so far, known as DeeDee according its discoverers. More dwarf planets are estimated to be found beyond Pluto, I wonder what the next one will be called?