"Mars' Mystery" --NASA Scientists Baffled About Mar's Evolution: "We're Missing Something Important"

 

 

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"Aside from the shapes of the continents, geologists had paleontological evidence that fossil plants and animals in Africa and South America were closely related, as well as unique volcanic rocks suggestive of a common spatial origin. The problem was that the broad community of earth scientists could not come up with a physical mechanism to explain how the continents could plow their way through Earth's mantle and drift apart. It seemed impossible. The missing component was plate tectonics," he says. "In a possibly similar way, we are missing something important about Mars."

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Nearby Venus-Like Exoplanet --"Oxygen, But Not Necessarily Life"

 

 

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The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. Located just 39 light-years from Earth, it might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around 450 degrees Fahrenheit. But would that atmosphere be thick and soupy or thin and wispy? New research suggests the latter is much more likely.

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China's Scientists Propose the Human 'Quantum Brain' --"The Source of Our Dominance on the Planet: More Complex Than a Galaxy"

 

 

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Chinese scientists have proposed a new theory that explains why humans are so much more intelligent than animals even though our brains are often much smaller than those of other species. Researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Neuroscience and Neuro-engineering have previously carried out studies backing the theory that the brain not only processes and passes on information not only through electrical and chemical signals, but also with photons of light.

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"Super-Babies to a Quantum Portal to the Cosmos" --China's 2016 Headlines Foreshadow Control of the Planet & Beyond

 

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In 2016, with headlines announcing yesterday's launch of the first quantum computer to the completion of the world's largest radio telescope, China is emerging as the new science super power,  opening portals to new and uncharted territory with some of the world’s most powerful and costly research hardware at their disposal.

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Dark 'Fifth Force' of the Universe -- "A Separate Invisible Sector With Its Own Matter and Forces"

 

 

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"If true, it's revolutionary," said Jonathan Feng, professor of physics & astronomy at the University of California, Irvine."For decades, we've known of four fundamental forces: gravitation, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. If confirmed by further experiments, this discovery of a possible fifth force would completely change our understanding of the universe, with consequences for the unification of forces and dark matter."

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China Launches New Space Race with World's First Quantum Satellite --"Portal to a Whole New Universe"

 

 

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At 1.40am this morning, China launched a new Space Race with the world's first quantum satellite, recently named Micius after an ancient Chinese philosopher and engineer, who, more than 2,400 years ago, proposed that light always travelled in a straight line and that the physical world was made up by particles. Quantum teleportation technology would be able to eliminate the 20-minute time delay in communication between earth and Mars and would allow tiny spacecraft to send back images and videos of planets many light years away without the need to carry a huge antenna. It could even give us a glimpse of what’s inside a black hole.

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'Methuselah Stars' --Oldest Stars in the Universe Found at Milky Way Center: "Date from Before Its Birth"

 

 

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These oldest known stars, date from before the Milky Way Galaxy formed, when the Universe was just 300 million years old. The stars, found near the center of the Milky Way, are surprisingly pure but contain material from an even earlier star, which died in an enormous explosion called hypernova. The discovery and analysis of the nine pure stars challenges current theories about the environment of the early Universe from which these stars formed.

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NASA's Kepler Mission --"Advanced Alien Civilizations Are Likely Extinct" (Weekend Feature)

 

 

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“The universe is more than 13 billion years old. That means that even if there have been a thousand civilizations in our own galaxy, if they live only as long as we have been around—roughly ten thousand years—then all of them are likely already extinct," said Woodruff Sullivan of the University of Washington about findings based on recent Kepler Mission data. "And others won’t evolve until we are long gone. For us to have much chance of success in finding another "contemporary" active technological civilization, on average they must last much longer than our present lifetime.”

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Earthly Aliens --"They Were the First Intelligent Beings on the Planet" (Weekend Feature)

 

 

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"They were the first intelligent beings on the planet," said Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner, founding President and Distinguished Professor of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST). What could the first intelligent species of an alien planet look like? Imagine a skeleton-less creature with three hearts, with most of its nearly half a billion neurons distributed in eight tentacular arms. Each arm can regenerate like the mythical Hydra and has a mind of its own. Its muscles stiffen into temporary elbows and shoulders. This creature has the eerie capability of perfect camouflage and decorates its lair with leftovers of its prey.

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Mystery Objects With Strange Orbits Discovered in Outer Solar System --"There’s More Going On Than We’re Fully Aware Of"

 

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A new discovery hints that our solar system has more than one orbital plane, and these other planes might be teeming with mysterious planetoids hiding in previously unexplored places. A strange object, approximately 124 miles wide, named Niku (which means "rebellious" in Chinese), has been discovered beyond Neptune that doesn't circle the sun on the same orbital plane as the planets do, reported Matthew Holman at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Instead it orbits the sun backwards with a 110-degree inclination, compared to other planetary objects.

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