What do plants teach us about human suffering in science like mythology? (Planet Earth Report)
Today’s stories range from the NASA-led team developed a new message in hopes of making first contact with intelligent extraterrestrials to As creation stories go, the Big Bang is good at Que what happens if the largest comet in the solar system collides with Earth in The Strange World of Bird Funerals, and more. the Planet Earth Report provides descriptive links to news headlines written by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people and events that are changing our knowledge of planet Earth and the future of the human species.
Scientists hope to release DNA and location of Earth for curious aliens –The Beacon of Galaxy message could be sent to the heart of the Milky Way, where life is believed to be most likely to exist, The Guardian reports. “Even though aliens are small, dour, and sexually obsessed,” the late cosmologist Carl Sagan once said, “if they’re here, I want to know more about them. “A NASA-led team of international scientists has developed a new message in hopes of making first contact with intelligent extraterrestrials.
The Alien Signal – We may not want to receive, reports Avi Shporer of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research for The Daily Galaxy. “Our galaxy may be teeming with technologically active life or populated by a single, very long-lived civilization. Either way, we should be incredibly lucky to be detected one day,” physicist Claudio Grimaldi wrote in a email to The Daily Galaxy on the possibility that there is a fundamental flaw in why we have not received a signal from an advanced extraterrestrial civilization.
Avi Loeb’s Galileo project reaches for the stars –There could be more Earth-like planets in the universe than there are grains of sand on all of Earth’s beaches combined, the researchers predict. “The extraordinary affirmation is to say that we are special and unique,” says Harvard astrophysicist Loeb. Loeb has drawn much attention and criticism for his unwavering commitment to unconventional beliefs. Now, through Project Galileo, Loeb hopes to provide more concrete evidence for his claims, reports the Harvard Crimson.
As Creation Stories The Big Bang Is Good –How science resembles mythology when it pushes the limits of the known, reports Paul Sutter for Nautilus.
Largest-ever collection of brain maps shows how the brain changes over a lifetimereports Singularity Hub – “Our brains are unique snowflakes that change shape throughout our lives. Yet buried beneath individual differences is a common guideline, with the brain growing rapidly during childhood and then declining. slowly with age. But that’s only a rough snapshot of the average lifespan of a brain. What are we missing?
The lady disappears – The history of ideas still struggles to remember the names of notable female philosophers. Mary Hesse is a striking example. “What was the name of the female scientist who pioneered mRNA research behind the success of recent COVID-19 vaccines? Who was this 16th century Catholic nun from whom René Descartes stole the demonic thought experiment that secured his place in public memory as the father of modern philosophy? I doubt you remember either woman, Aeon reports.
The chain reaction that propels civilization –What do live cells, UK channels and deep learning have in common? reports IEEE Spectrum.
Quantum experiments add weight to a fringe theory of consciousness –Experiments on how anesthetics alter the behavior of tiny structures found in brain cells bolster the controversial idea that quantum effects in the brain could explain consciousness, New Scientist reports.
What plants can teach us about human suffering –Plants are highly sensitive to touch, with research showing that touching a plant can alter its genome and trigger a cascade of plant hormones, reports Big Think’
The Covid has not revealed all its secrets. Here are 6 mysteries the experts hope to solve, reports STAT. “More than two years after the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, with documented deaths in the United States reaching nearly one million and estimated worldwide deaths reaching up to 18 million, it many mysteries still remain about the virus and the pandemic it has caused. They range from technical – what role do autoantibodies play in long Covid? Can a pan-coronavirus vaccine really be developed? — to the philosophical.
4 billion year old Oort cloud comet 1000 times the mass of the impactor that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, reports Maxwell Moe for The Daily Galaxy. “But our Pale Blue Dot will be safe. “Although Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein (C/2014 UN271) is far too small to blow a Moon off Earth, it is large enough to cause global catastrophe if it hit Earth. It probably has about 1000 times the mass of the impactor that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs
What happens if the largest comet in the solar system collides with Earth? –The recently discovered Oort cloud comet, Bernardinelli–Bernstein, has the largest known nucleus: 119 km. Here’s what it could do to Earth, reports Big Think.
NASA uses 3D telemedicine technology to teleport doctors to the ISS. In a recent release, the Space Agency unveiled images of NASA flight surgeon Dr. Josef Schmid, AEXA Aerospace CEO Fernando De La Pena Llaca, and their teams, being the first holoported humans from Earth to space, reports DesignBoom.
Vast Reserves of Helium – Planet Earth’s Big Bang Legacy, reports Maxwell Moe for The Daily Galaxy. “Vast reserves of helium from the Big Bang hidden in the Earth’s core suggest that the planet formed inside a solar nebula. A new study reports that helium-3, a rare isotope of gaseous helium with two protons and a single neutron in its core, escapes from the earth’s core.
Devastating Ice Age floods in the Pacific Northwest fascinate scientists –The Scablands were formed by huge and rapid changes, and may have something to teach us about geological processes on Mars, reports Riley Black for The Smithsonian.
Time may not exist, physicists say, reports SciTechDaily. Developments in physics suggest that the non-existence of time is an open possibility, and one that we should take seriously.
Save the planet? The Earth will survive climate change; humans, maybe not, reports the Los Angeles Times. “We know from the fossil record that the average surface temperature has ranged from zero 650 million years ago to over 90 degrees just 250 million years ago. Today’s surface average “Today is in the middle at 57 degrees. Different species were going up and down with those temperatures, and the Earth was still spinning.”
BBC Future: Should we eat three meals a day? “Before we consider how often we should eat, scientists are urging us to consider when we shouldn’t. Intermittent fasting, where you limit your food intake to an eight-hour window, is becoming a huge area of research.
As the Crow Dies: The Weird World of Bird Funerals, reports BBC Science Focus – “Corvids are not only incredibly intelligent birds, but they even show fascinating behavior when one of the pack members dies.” They have intriguing rituals when it comes to their deaths…and might even be able to feel empathy.
In Sexy Worms, inheritance beyond genes can help evolution –Experiments that showed surprising persistence of sex appeal in worms reveal how much we’re still learning about the rules governing heritability, epigenetics and natural selection, reports Quanta.com –“
How the African rainforest helps fight climate change, reports BBC Future Planet. “In the middle of the African rainforest, an elusive animal is wreaking havoc on the vegetation – and in doing so, doing a big boon for the climate.”
How tall will Mount Everest be before it stops growing? asks BBC Future. Rising more than 8,849 meters (29,032 feet) into the sky, Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. But will it always be?
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