This Spacespiracy Moment

March 20, 2017

 

Thank you in advance for your patience as I continue to change the format of this blog post! Starting now I'm going to compile a list of the week's best articles (in my humble opinion, of course.) I may not be able to summarize them all, but don't want you to miss anything!

 

Below are all the articles covered on Episode 19 of my podcast, Spaced Out.

 

Dark Matter is Everywhere…Or Is It?

According to astronomers, distant galaxies have surprisingly low levels of dark matter, the stuff that scientists believe make up the bulk of all matter in the universe. “Stars in the outer regions of some far-off galaxies move more slowly than stars closer to the center, indicating a lack of dark matter, astronomer Reinhard Genzel and colleagues report online March 15 in Nature.” If this information is confirmed (not sure how researchers could possibly do that but whatever), it will change the way astronomers view dark matter’s role in the creation of the early universe.

 

Justin Park’s Articles

 

Using Soil to Cool the Earth?

These Chimps Are Mourning Their Dead Like Humans

Let’s Turn the Sun Into the Most Powerful Telescope Ever

This Lab-Grown Chicken is Apparently Delicious

 

Left on the Cutting Room Floor…

 

Did Your Device Just Explode?

Galaxy Note 7s and hoverboards are exploding all over the place, literally. Why? Mal-functioning Li-ion batteries. Commercialized by Sony in 1991, Li-ion’s are used in pretty much EVERY device (even the Mars Curiosity rover uses one). Lithium is the lightest metal around, highly reactive, and generally pretty safe…so why have they become so dangerous? The batteries consist of Lithium Cobalt Oxide (LiCoO2), Graphite, Polypropylene, Ethylene Carbonate, and Lithium Hexa­fluorophosphates (LiPF6), but only LiCoO2, Ethylene Carbonate, and LiPF6  are hazardous. If LiCo2 becomes hot it can crumble and create a combustible environment. Ethylene Carbonate is a flammable liquid that if exposed to oxygen, will explode. LiPF6 isn’t combustible or flammable, but it burns skin on contact.

 

Other Need to Know Articles

 

AI is Fighting Against Suicide. Seriously.

Antimicrobial Resistance: A New Terrorist

 

Sources: Science News, Wired, Astronomy Magazine, Space.com (other sources inline)

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