NASA’s Solar Observatory Films Rapidly-Growing Black Spot as It Rotates to Face Earth --"Dark Core is Larger Than Our Planet" (VIEW)
An active region on the sun — an area of intense and complex magnetic fields — has rotated into view on the sun and seems to be growing rather quickly in this video captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory between July 5-11, 2017.
A Colossal Jet-Stream of Molten Iron as Hot as the Sun Revealed Revealed by X-Ray Satellite Flowing Under Alaska and Siberia
A colossal jet stream, a river of molten iron has been found surging under Alaska and Siberia which is estimated to be about 420 km wide (260 miles) some some 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) below the surface and nearly as hot as the surface of the Sun, has tripled in speed in less than two decades, and is now headed towards Europe.
"Extraterrestrial Climate Change" --World's Scientists Ask: What is the Lifespan of Technological Civilizations
"The mystery of why we haven't yet found signs of aliens may have less to do with the likelihood of the origin of life or intelligence and have more to do with the rarity of the rapid emergence of biological regulation of feedback cycles on planetary surfaces," says Aditya Chopra at Australia National University.
"The Alpha Centauri Mission" --World's Science and Internet Elite 'Take Control' of the Search for Life in the Cosmos (A 'Galaxy' Insight)
An open letter a "manifesto" of sorts, framed and singed by many of the great scientists and minds of our century --from Stephen Hawking to Frank Drake, Lord Martin Rees, to Caltech's Kip Thorne shown above-- was published this past April 2016 (and posted below), outlining the philosophical foundations that inspired the Breakthrough Starshot project and the search for the answer to the seminal question of the 21st Century: "Are we alone in the universe?"
An international team of esearchers theorize that a new particle exists in a material known as tungsten ditelluride (WTe2), which the researchers liken to a "material universe" because it contains several particles, some of which exist under normal conditions in our universe and others that may exist only in these specialized types of crystals.
Almost 2,000 extrasolar planets have been discovered to date and this number is constantly increasing. Yet, we still know little about these alien worlds, especially their atmospheres. The atmospheres of terrestrial exoplanets could betray the presence of life on the planet, sparking NASA’s interest in acquiring the spectra that appears as starlight shines through these planetary atmospheres. A paper by Timothy Brandt and David Spiegel, exo-planetary scientists at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, details what is needed in a next generation telescope for it to be capable of detecting signatures of life in the atmospheres of alien planets.
Since Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012, there have been several rumors that evidence has been found of Martian life in the forms of fossils, statues and even a carved alien skull and that NASA has "covered up" the existence of alien life on the planet.
Whole solar systems are needed to generate life, not just terrestrial planets with water. Life probably needs a solar system similar to our own to start, although autogenic processes --where something in life is created spontaneously with self assembly-- could still occur in a system that only has gas giants. There is evidence that life on Earth could not have started without the other planets. The conditions on the prehistoric Earth would only have served to inhibit the formation of RNA. Mars, on the other hand, would have been just right. While there was some water on ancient Mars, there wouldn't have been enough to hamper the formation of RNA. Also, while the early Earth was starved of oxygen, Mars would have had enough to create oxidized molybdenum and boron, which are pivotal in the construction of RNA.
Has the human species reached a new inflection oint in our history? Data from NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft indicates that the deep-space explorer has encountered a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has markedly increased. Voyager scientists looking at this rapid rise draw closer to an inevitable but historic conclusion – that humanity's first emissary to interstellar space is on the edge of our solar system.