SCIENCE - TECHNOLOGY - NATURE
SPECIAL WAVY NERVES HELP WHALES TAKE BIG GULPS WITHOUT PAIN
Being a baleen feeder isn't easy. When baleen whales — like the enormous blue whale — gulp up a mouthful of water to filter for food, a pouch of skin under their chins stretches to accommodate the load.
THIS WEEK, NASA IS ANNOUNCING A NEW "DISCOVERY BEYOND OUR SOLAR SYSTEM"
NASA will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, February 22nd to present new findings on exoplanets, and the public will be able to ask questions via twitter. Many are curious what this press conference will entail. Has evidence been uncovered of life beyond our planet?
NASA IS SENDING A LANDER TO DISCOVER WHETHER LIFE EXISTS ON EUROPA
NASA is planning to send a lander to Jupiter's moon Europa, which is believed to hold a vast ocean beneath it's frozen crust. We could retrieve massive amounts of data that would take us one giant step closer to understanding where life exists in our vast universe.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED "SURROGATE" HENS COULD SAVE AN ENTIRE SPECIES
Researchers at the Roslin Institute have genetically modified chickens who act as surrogates to lay the eggs of rare chicken species. The success of this study could help scientists to save endangered species and prevent the depletion of species used as food sources.
ANCIENT ROMAN HOUSE AND PHALLIC AMULETS DISCOVERED IN ISRAEL
A house dating back around 1,900 years, which is decorated with frescoes showing scenes of nature, has been discovered at the archaeological site of Omrit
in northern Israel
WANT TO HELP SAVE THE WORLD? DONATE YOUR BRAIN TO SCIENCE
Scientists are urging the public to donate their brains, along with other organs, after death – especially if they have any sort of neurological disorder. Access to actual brain tissue for research is critical to the study of neurological conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
ELON MUSK HAS A NEW TIMELINE FOR HUMANS LIVING ON MARS
SpaceX has changed their timeline for a manned mission to Mars a couple of times but has recently stated that they will definitely launch their lander by 2020. This new timeline will allow SpaceX to devote energy to other important projects while pursuing this expedition.
50,000 YEAR OLD LIFEFORMS WERE FOUND IN AN ABANDONED MINE
NASA Astrobiologist Penelope Boston has uncovered 50,000 year old microscopic organisms in the deep and extreme Naica caves. This discovery could, alongside existing knowledge and researcher, allow scientists to better understand early life on Earth and possible life on other planets.
THE OUTER SPACE TREATY HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL – BUT IS IT FIT FOR THE MODERN AGE?
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WHAT WAS THE FIRST LIFE ON EARTH?
The earliest evidence for life on Earth arises among the oldest rocks still preserved on the planet.