This Spacespiracy Moment

February 23, 2017


Below are all the articles covered on Episode 15 of Spaced Out.


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There was a TON of interesting science news last week and we just couldn't cover it all...


Quick Shit You Need to Know:


Here's a picture of the dark side of the moon (and no, we don't mean the Pink Floyd album).

Yahoo got hacked again. It affected less people this time, but the hack was more severe.


In April, using the Event Horizon telescope, astronomers will attempt to look inside a black hole for the first time.


Human gene editing therapies are now OK only if used to “correct disease or disability, not to enhance people’s health or abilities.”


NASA now wants to start looking for life on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons! The mission would get a lander on Europa within the next two decades!


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Life on Ceres?!

Dawn, NASA’s spacecraft dedicated to research objects in the asteroid belt, has detected organic compounds on Ceres! “The Dawn probe has previously detected salts, ammonia-rich clays and water ice on Ceres, which together indicate hydrothermal activity.” (Hydrothermal activity is (the movement of heated water beneath a planet’s surface). That activity, combined with the newly discovered organic material, indicated that Ceres once harbored life.


Want to Avoid Getting Your Car Stolen? Don’t Use Android.

Most new cars are now Bluetooth enabled, allowing drivers to connect via their smartphones. Because of this connectivity (and competing developers), apps have been created that allow drivers to “locate, lock, and unlock their rides with a screen tap.” Remember that TV show Knight Rider? There are certain cars (and apps) that allow people to summon their car, just like what was depicted in that show. But Android users beware: some of these apps lack basic software defenses. This means that the app can be hacked…which may result in the theft of your car!


Is It Possible to Use Sound Waves to Combat Tsunamis?

Tsunamis are unstoppable…or are they? Applied mathematician, Usama Kadri of Cardiff University in Wales, has a theory: he wants to use sound waves to combat them. Called “acoustic-gravity waves,” they reach deep below the ocean’s surface, can extend for hundreds of kilometers, and can move really quickly. “In Kadri’s plan, two acoustic-gravity waves would be launched through the water at the earthquake-triggered ocean surge. The waves would be tuned to exchange energy with the tsunami as they speed past, spreading the tsunami out by redistributing its energy and thereby decreasing its maximum height.”



Sources: Science News, Wired, Astronomy Magazine,

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