Science Fiction Fans! What’s up?!
Today’s Spaced Out podcast episode was really interesting! Not only did I get to chat with author, Ian Martyn about malaria (and the work he did to combat the disease), Justin and I cover a ton of fascinating science news.
Here are links to the hottest science articles from Mar 27th-Apr 2nd!
CRISPR UPDATE: Human Embryo Gene Editing is Underway
Scientists in Texas and China are using CRISPR/Cas-9 to edit genes carrying genetic diseases. Researchers from both location have reported successfully removing disease-causing mutations from viable human embryos.
What’s Going On with Planet Nine?
About a year ago, astronomers from Caltech announced the possible existence of a massive planet “orbiting far off in the annex of the solar system with a predicted orbit of 20,000 years.” Now, a research team in Australia may have proof of the elusive planet, informally called Planet Nine. “Astronomers at the Australian National University have teamed up with citizen science website Zooniverse in order to get the public to sift through the data faster...more than 60,000 people have identified over 4 million objects.”
Always Hungry? Get More Sleep.
Every year, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society meets to discuss important findings. This year, in San Francisco, researchers announced data that links sleep deprivation with an increased sensitivity to the smell of food.
Launching and Landing a Recycled Rocket, SpaceX Style
SpaceX just launched, and landed, a reused rocket. Wtf. Not only is this story incredible for SpaceX’s continued progress (remember when one of their rockets exploded during a test last fall?), but it’s inspiring for the commercial space industry as a whole. Reused rockets mean big time savings, savings that will be needed if we really expect to make it to Mars.
Habitable Zone? What Habitable Zone?
We have proof there is liquid water in deep space...and not always within the infamous Goldilocks Zone: the area surrounding a star that’s jsut the right temperature for liquid water to exist on the planet’s surface. Also called the habitable zone, this forces astrobiologists to question the very definition of the term. “The current view among many astrobiologists is that, because there are so many environments where liquid water – and therefore the basic ingredients for life – might exist, there are many habitable zones in a solar system.”
When Trees Shed Gold
When the University of Arizona is NASA’s Favorite.
Sources: Science News, Wired, Astronomy Magazine, (other sources inline)