Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Seeds Have Sprouted on the Moon for the First Time

Seeds Have Sprouted on the Moon for the First Time

China’s miniature biosphere experiment has yielded sprouting cotton seeds, and they are the first plants to germinate on the Moon—an important first step in creating a viable, self-sustaining lunar colony. China’s Chang’e 4 lander arrived on the Moon’s far side on January 3, 2018. Among its cargo is a miniature lunar biosphere developed by scientists at Chongqing University. This experiment consists of a 7-inch-long, airtight container filled with soil, air, water, various seeds, yeast, and fruit fly eggs.

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Harvard Professor Doubles Down On Claim That 2017 Alien Probe Visited Earth

Harvard Professor Doubles Down On Claim That 2017 Alien Probe Visited Earth

The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department is doubling down on his claim from November 2018 that the space rock Oumuamua, the first interstellar object to enter our solar system, which it did in 2017, was an alien probe. Dr. Avi Loeb was interviewed by Haaretz about his controversial claim, which was made in a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. Co-author and Harvard astrophysicist Shmuel Bialy had stated, “Currently there is an unexplained phenomena, namely, the excess acceleration of Oumuamua...

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There is no death, only a series of eternal ‘nows’

There is no death, only a series of eternal ‘nows’

Here we tell you what happens after you’re dead. Seriously. Okay, it’s not so serious, because you won’t actually die. To lay the groundwork, let’s recap the scientific view of death: essentially, you drop dead and that’s the end of everything. This is the view favoured by intellectuals who pride themselves on being stoic and realistic enough to avoid cowardly refuge in Karl Marx’s spiritual ‘opium’ – the belief in an afterlife. This modern view is not a cheerful one.

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Climate Concerns Are Pushing Oil Majors to Look beyond Fossil Fuels

Climate Concerns Are Pushing Oil Majors to Look beyond Fossil Fuels

Several companies are diversifying their businesses, from biofuels to electric vehicles

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Animals with 'night vision goggles'

Animals with 'night vision goggles'

Could you survive in pitch-black conditions? Meet the animals that not only survive but thrive. By Jonathan Amos.

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Earth's Magnetic Pole Is Wandering, Lurching Toward Siberia

Earth's Magnetic Pole Is Wandering, Lurching Toward Siberia

Earth's north magnetic pole is on the move, unpredictably lurching away from the Canadian Arctic and toward Siberia. It's wandered so much, that the current representation of the entire globe's magnetic field, just updated in 2015, is now out of date. And so, geologists have come up with a new model. This updated model, called the World Magnetic Model, was supposed to be published Jan. 15, but it's now been delayed to Jan. 30, on account of the government shutdown.

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Cern plans for even larger hadron collider

Cern plans for even larger hadron collider

Cern has published its ideas for a £20bn successor to the Large Hadron Collider, given the working name of Future Circular Collider (FCC). The Geneva based particle physics research centre is proposing an accelerator that is almost four times longer and ten times more powerful. The aim is to have the FCC hunting for new sub-atomic particles by 2050. Critics say that the money could be better spent on other research areas such as combating climate change.

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