THERE ARE PLANTS AND ANIMALS ON THE MOON NOW (BECAUSE OF CHINA)

THERE ARE PLANTS AND ANIMALS ON THE MOON NOW (BECAUSE OF CHINA)

 

China’s Chang’e-4 lander touched down on the far side of the moon (Jan. 3 Beijing time, Jan. 2 US), and it’s got some living things on board.

A small “tin” in the lander contains seeds of potatoes and rockcress (Arabidopsis thaliana, a flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard, as well as a model organism for plant biology), as well as silkworm eggs. The idea, according to a report in The Telegraph earlier this year, is that the plants will support the silkworms with oxygen, and the silkworms will, in turn, provide the plants with necessary carbon dioxide and nutrients through their waste. The researchers will watch the plants carefully to see whether the plants successfully perform photosynthesis, and grow and bloom in the lunar environment.

 

Source: Space.com

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ELON MUSK UNVEILS FIRST HIGH-SPEED ‘LOOP’ TUNNEL BY THE BORING COMPANY

ELON MUSK UNVEILS FIRST HIGH-SPEED ‘LOOP’ TUNNEL BY THE BORING COMPANY

 

Elon Musk has unveiled the first tunnel dug by his “hobby company”, which he claims will be the first part of a futuristic transport system.

The Boring Company built the one-mile tunnel under Los Angeles for research and development of the “Loop” network, the entrepreneur said at an event in Hawthorne, California.

It works by shooting modified electric cars through underground tunnels at high speeds in order to avoid and alleviate “soul-destroying traffic” on the roads above.

“The profound breakthrough is very simple: it’s the ability to turn a normal car into a passively stable vehicle by adding the deployable tracking wheels, stabilizing wheels, so that it can travel at high speed through a small tunnel,” Mr Musk said.

 

Source: The Independent

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CHINA MOON MISSION: SPACECRAFT IS FIRST TO LAND ON FAR SIDE – BBC NEWS

CHINA MOON MISSION: SPACECRAFT IS FIRST TO LAND ON FAR SIDE – BBC NEWS

 

China’s Chang’e-4 is the first spacecraft to successfully land on the far side of the Moon, and has sent back the first close-up pictures of the area’s surface.

 

Source: BBC News

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Related: China Makes Historic Moon Landing, Boosting Rivalry With U.S. by Wall Street Journal

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STEPHEN HAWKING SAID “SUPERHUMANS” WILL REPLACE US. WAS HE RIGHT?

STEPHEN HAWKING SAID “SUPERHUMANS” WILL REPLACE US. WAS HE RIGHT?

 

Are we all going to be replaced?

Stephen Hawking apparently thought so. In the grand tradition of famous physicists making claims about subjects beyond their scope of expertise, the great British theorist left behind a collection of essays in which he speculated about and predicted the human future. In one essay, published Oct. 14 in the Sunday Times, Hawking argued that humanity risks being replaced by genetically modified “superhumans.”

 

Source: LiveScience

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HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO KUBRICK’S AI-CONTROLLED VISION OF THE FUTURE?

HOW CLOSE ARE WE TO KUBRICK’S AI-CONTROLLED VISION OF THE FUTURE?

 

“I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

Movie audiences first heard these calmly intoned and ominous words in 1968, spoken by a spaceship’s intelligent computer in the science-fiction masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey.” With that one phrase, the computer named HAL 9000 confirmed that it could think for itself, and that it was prepared to terminate the astronauts who were planning to deactivate it.

 

Source: Space.com

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NASA PARKER SOLAR PROBE LAUNCH LIVE PICTURES AS MISSION TO SUN HAS LIFT OFF

NASA PARKER SOLAR PROBE LAUNCH LIVE PICTURES AS MISSION TO SUN HAS LIFT OFF

The Parker Solar Probe – NASA’s first mission to the sun – will explore the sun’s atmosphere and its outermost atmosphere, the corona.

A Delta-IV heavy rocket carrying the probe took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at around 8.31 GMT on Sunday morning.

It will be the fastest manmade moving object in history and NASA hope it will come within 3.83 million miles of the sun’s surface, making 24 loops of the star over seven years.

Source: Sunday Express

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COULD BOEING’S ‘STARLINER’ SPACECRAFT BE A NEXT STEP FOR REACHING THE MOON AND BEYOND?

COULD BOEING’S ‘STARLINER’ SPACECRAFT BE A NEXT STEP FOR REACHING THE MOON AND BEYOND?

Though it sounds like science fiction, this fantastic journey may be closer than you think: An automated spacecraft designed to transport people into low Earth orbit could be ready for its maiden (uncrewed) voyage as early as this summer.

Source: Livescience

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NASA AND ESA WANT TO BRING MARS SOIL SAMPLES BACK TO EARTH

NASA AND ESA WANT TO BRING MARS SOIL SAMPLES BACK TO EARTH

It’s important to note that this robotic mission is very preliminary: This isn’t an agreement to make this sort of mission happen. Instead, it’s just a first step; the next is to study the feasibility of such an endeavor and decide on whether it’s worth pursuing, which will happen in 2019.

Source: Engadget

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