Science Fiction Fans! What’s up?!
Episode 22 of my Spaced Out podcast was fun! Energy was high, news was interesting, and my guest, Scott A. Combs, has an Amazon parrot named Maxine! Our chat was good and in depth so I’ve broken it up into two episodes for your listening pleasure.
In This Spacespiracy Moment, Justin Park and I chat about science news from Apr 3-9. Here are links to the articles we talked about. Enjoy!
An Earth-Sized Telescope is Taking Pictures of Black Holes Right Now
It’s finally happening. Scientists have figured out how to take a picture of a black hole’s event horizon (hopefully). Currently, astronomers have only been able to capture images of the material around a BH (everything at the BH’s event horizon, including light, is sucked into the center, making it truly invisible). With the use of the Event Horizon Telescope, a series of telescopes perfectly positioned around the globe, researchers will be ”capable of imaging the space around a black hole in exquisite detail.” They’ll be able to see all the way to the BH’s event horizon, something that’s never been done before. The telescope is collecting data from Apr 5-14 which will then be sent to research facilities in Germany and Massachusetts for processing.
This Company Uses DNA to Predict Disease
For years, people have been using the company, 23andMe, for information about their genetic backgrounds. The company, founded in 2008, requested a sample of the customer’s DNA (in the form of a q-tip saliva swab) and then analyzed it. The results told the customer their ethnic background: 54.5% Italian, 32% Middle Eastern, etc. The company also used to tell their customers how likely they were to contract a disease...until the FDA shut that department down. Now, thanks to some changes in language and labeling protocols, they are back open for business. But this time, will it be for good?
We are About to Travel Where No Man (or Machine) Has Travelled Before
Remember New Horizons? NASA’s spacecraft that took those STUNNING pictures of Pluto we’ve been ogling for about a year now? Well, Pluto was only the first part of the little spacecraft’s mission. Right now it’s about halfway to its next target: Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 located approximately 970.0 million miles from Pluto. Once it gets there (approx. Jan, 2019), the spacecraft will examine the “most distant world ever explored in the history of civilization.” New Horizons has currently traveled 3.5 billion miles and entered a 157-day hibernation on April 7th.
Little Girl Found Living with Monkeys
Sources: Science News, Wired, Astronomy Magazine, (other sources inline)