The odds of finding life on the moon have suddenly rocketed skywards. But rather than elusive alien moonlings, the beings in question came from Earth and were spilled across the landscape when a spacecraft crashed into the surface.
The Israeli Beresheet probe was meant to be the first private lander to touch down on the moon. And all was going smoothly until mission controllers lost contact in April as the robotic craft made its way down. Beyond all the technology that was lost in the crash, Beresheet had an unusual cargo: a few thousand tiny tardigrades, the toughest animals on Earth.
Now, the organisation behind the tardigrades’ trip, the US-based Arch Mission Foundation – whose goal is to find a backup for Earth – has said the organisms may well have shrugged off the collision. “Our payload may be the only surviving thing from that mission,” Nova Spivack, the organisation’s founder, told Wired magazine.
Tardigrades have fascinated scientists since their discovery in the 18th century by the German zoologist and pastor Johann August Ephraim Goeze. The millimetre-long animals, sometimes known as water bears or moss piglets after their favoured environment and food, resemble cheerful eight-legged maggots wearing distinctly sphincter-like faces.
That's where the huge glowing Tardigrade came from in Star Trek Discovery - mutated from the surface of Luna and engaged with the spore network. Now that I have solved that problem, I can tell you science has proven the #42 is the meaning - https://gizmodo.com/the-answer-to-life-the-universe-and-everything-final-1837941162?IR=TI like Tardigrades even more now.
He's a bit late to the party.
A Swedish scientist speaking at Stockholm summit last week offered an unusual possible tactic in combating global climate change: eating human flesh. Stockholm School of Economics professor and res…nypost.com
Yeah, but Soderlund made those claims in 2019. Surely, as a scientist he would be aware of prions?He's a bit late to the party.
A Modest Proposal For preventing the Children of Poor People From being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and For making them Beneficial to the Publick was written in 1729 by Jonathan Swift (of Gulliver's Travels fame). The essay suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic troubles by selling their children as food to rich gentlemen and ladies.
The power of pi
Earlier this week, we received this question from a fan on Facebook who wondered how many decimals of the mathematical constant pi (Ï) NASA-JPL scientists and engineers use when making calculations:Does JPL only use 3.14 for its pi calculations? Or do you use more decimals like say...www.jpl.nasa.gov
Surely I'm not the only person who read the article and counted the number of decimal places NASA use? Interesting.To start, let me answer your question directly. For JPL's highest accuracy calculations, which are for interplanetary navigation, we use 3.141592653589793.
Looking forward to the sociologists pouncing on this and running with it as far as they can.Way over my head and pay grade-
But in a paper recently published in Science Advances, we show that in the micro-world of atoms and particles that is governed by the strange rules of quantum mechanics, two different observers are entitled to their own facts. In other words, according to our best theory of the building blocks of nature itself, facts can actually be subjective.
We have now for the first time performed this test experimentally at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh on a small-scale quantum computer made up of three pairs of entangled photons. The first photon pair represents the coins, and the other two are used to perform the coin toss—measuring the polarization of the photons—inside their respective box. Outside the two boxes, two photons remain on each side that can also be measured.
I know Galileo is cited in that article as the principal scientific proponent & protagonist behind the split, but Descartes & Locke are really the 2 moderns most responsible for the mind/body split in Western thought & consciousness....The Cartesian cogito & Locke's splitting up of all phenomenon into qualitative vs quantitative bear far more influence....Being the philosopher of the age of Reason, Locke was far too suspicious of emotions, the imagination, or anything to do with human beings that wasn't empirically verifiable....Remembering he was looking for an antidote to quell sectarian violence.This is an interesting one https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-consciousness-pervade-the-universe/
Can't say I buy it, I'll need a wee bit more evidence, nonetheless an interesting concept.