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Late Sleepers Might Be Better Suited To Mars Missions

Late Sleepers Might Be Better Suited To Mars Missions

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A study of the natural circadian rhythm, or daily cycle, of animals on Earth has yielded an interesting, separate conclusion, namely about how humans might cope with the shorter days on Mars. According to the researchers, and a piece in The Telegraph, the issue comes down to the Martian day being 37 minutes longer than Earths day. For this reason, they say that people who sleep longer may be more suited to life on the Red Planet than early risers. The paper is published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, although it should be noted the link to Mars was made separately. In a statement, Professor Andrew Loudon from the University of Manchester, one of the coauthors on the paper, said:The rotation speed of Mars may be within the limits of some peoples internal...
In Sweden You’ll Find the World’s Largest Scale Model of the Solar System

In Sweden You’ll Find the World’s Largest Scale Model of the Solar System

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Did you know the Sweden Solar System is the largest permanent scale model of the Solar System in the world? The Sun, represented by the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, is the largest hemispherical building in the world. The inner planets can also be found in Stockholm but the outer planets are situated northward in other cities along the Baltic Sea. The system was started by Nils Brenning and Gösta Gahm and is on the scale of 1:20 million. Let’s start our journey at our Sun and work our way outwards. The Sun – Globen, Stockholm Diameter: 71 m (solar disk) + the corona Photograph by Tage Olsin The Globe Arena in Stockholm is the largest spherical building in the world, and it represents the Sun in the SSS. This picture shows the Globe lit by an animation, which included a seq
NASA Will Be Making An Announcement Today – Here’s How To Watch Live

NASA Will Be Making An Announcement Today – Here’s How To Watch Live

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Todays the day. At 1 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. BST), you can watch live as NASA makes an announcement about the latest discoveries made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The news teleconference will be streamed live on NASAs website, and weve also handily embedded the stream below for you to watch. During the event, you can tweet questions with the hashtag #askNASA. So, whats it all about? Well, we dont know at the moment. Previous announcements have concerned planets similar to Earth that might be habitable, although we dont know if we can expect the same thing this time around. The fact NASA references discoveries,rather than a single discovery, may mean it is a broader look at the Kepler mission as a whole. We also cant discern much from the panel of experts involved....
Russia Proposes Nuclear Explosions To Stop Asteroids Destroying Earth

Russia Proposes Nuclear Explosions To Stop Asteroids Destroying Earth

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If an asteroid was found on a collision course with Earth, what would we do? If the movie Armageddon is anything to go by, trying to blow up the space object itself might be the preferred option. But Russian and European scientists have proposed something slightly different. As reported by theRussian news agency TASS, they say that if we detonated a nuclear weapon near an asteroid, not on it, the resultant blast could deflect the asteroid enough that it would miss Earth if the action was taken with enough time to significantly change the source of the asteroid before it hit Earth, likely several years in advance. It should be noted that this proposal is not entirely new. Another idea called the Emergency Asteroid Defence Project (EADP) was unveiled in 2014 that would destr...
Picture of the Day: Fingerprints of Water on the Sand

Picture of the Day: Fingerprints of Water on the Sand

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Photograph by NASA [November 11, 2015] NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren took this photograph on Nov. 11, 2015 from the International Space Station, and shared it with his followers on social media. Lindgren wrote, “The delicate fingerprints of water imprinted on the sand. The #StoryOfWater.” The area photographed is located in Oman, approximately 20 km to the west-northwest of Hamra Al Drooa. One of the ways research on the space station benefits life on Earth is by supporting water purification efforts worldwide. Drinkable water is vital for human survival. Unfortunately, many people around the world lack access to clean water. Using technology developed for the space station, at-risk areas can gain access to advanced water filtration and purification systems, making a life-sav...
If The Apocalypse Begins And You’re Still On Earth, This Is Exactly Where You Need To Go. Trust Me.

If The Apocalypse Begins And You’re Still On Earth, This Is Exactly Where You Need To Go. Trust Me.

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Thanks to the Internet and other digital media, an impending apocalypse or "doomsday" is on a lot of people's minds. Shows like Doomsday Preppers encourage people to prepare for the end of days any way they can. Most of us might have trouble finding the perfect fallout shelter for the apocalypse, but people near these 10 locations are lucky. They live beside the perfect apocalyptic safe house. 1.) Mount Weather (Virginia): This is a civilian command facility and it’s also used as center of operations for FEMA. If the President or FEMA were to make an announcement over the Emergency Alert System, it would likely come from here. Survival Spot There is a protected underground portion of Mount Weather, but there are...
Got Beef? How Your Favorite Burger Affects Global Warming

Got Beef? How Your Favorite Burger Affects Global Warming

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Everyone loves a good, delicious burger. But do you ever think about its true cost? Aside fromone cow and a few dollars, what’s the real cost of your grilled beef craving? Your first answer probably isn’t trees, but it should be. The sad truth is, the beef industry is a leading cause of deforestation. In other words, if you’re buying and devouring beef from unsustainable solutions, you’re adding to the problem. This is more than just adding to global warming. We’re talking about the Amazon jungle: It’s home to some of the most precious and important trees around. Why the Amazon? Of course, cows aren’t native to the jungle and beef doesn’t grow on trees. So why is the Amazon at risk? The sad, unfortunate truth is the beef industry is respons...
Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute Release First Observations From “Alien Megastructure” Star

Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute Release First Observations From “Alien Megastructure” Star

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Take down the Welcome Aliens! bunting and pack away the cosmic red carpet. New observations have suggestedthat the alien megastructure spotted around a distant star is probably not alien at all, and likely has a more mundane (but probably still interesting) natural explanation. Here come the pretzels. The star system KIC 8462852, 1,400 light-years away,hit the news big time when Jason Wright, an astrophysicist from Pennsylvania State University, suggested to The Atlantic that a huge dip in light seen from the star up to 20 percentof its light could be artificial in origin. Naturally, this had people dreaming of Dyson spheres, vast theoretical structures that could potentially harness the power of entire stars, and other exciting extraterrestrial constructs. But following the suggestion,...
They Call This 1000 Islands. And After Seeing What’s On Them, I Want To Move There Immediately.

They Call This 1000 Islands. And After Seeing What’s On Them, I Want To Move There Immediately.

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If you love island living and are looking to move, this is just the place for you that doesn't include an overwhelming amount of sun exposure. (I just hope you have enough money to buy a castle.) Between the Canada-United States border, there is a beautiful place called Thousand Islands. You might know the name because of the extremely fattening (but delicious) salad dressing, but there is more to Thousand Islands than that. It's an archipelago consisting of 1,864 islands. ... And I want to buy a house there right now. The islands stretch out for about 50 miles. Some are as large as 40 square miles. Others are small enough to only have room for a single house (as seen here with Just Roo...
Space Selfies Are Go! Interactive Orbital Camera Gets Funding

Space Selfies Are Go! Interactive Orbital Camera Gets Funding

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Instagram with video? That's old news. How about taking a picture of yourself in orbit, with the entire Earth as your backdrop? That will be possible in the next few years, now that the Arkyd Space Telescope has met the $1 million goal on Kickstarter that it announced last month. The Arkyd is the brainchild of Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company launched last year with backing from a handful of Google and Microsoft billionaires. The Arkyd is set to be launched around 2015, on a mission of hunting for viable asteroids to mine for trillions of dollars in minerals; it already had funding for the launch part. The Kickstarter campaign opens the telescope up to the public to point wherever they want (except right at the sun) and to load pictures on the onboard screen. (See Grumpy ...
How Close Are We To Finding Another Earth?

How Close Are We To Finding Another Earth?

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Do the maths: billions of planets per galaxy, and billions of galaxies in the universe. Its unlikely that only one of those has all the characteristics of our own Earth-sized, orbiting a Sun-like star, and slap bang in its habitable zone where water can form. Why are those characteristics so important? Well, Earth is the only planet we know to have life on it. It makes sense, therefore, that if we find a world exactly the same as our own, then it would at least be potentially habitable, and may have life existing on it presently. A so-called Earth 2.0 is the holy grail for planet hunters. So, how close are we, what are we looking for exactly, and what tools have we got? Given that it's officially exoplanet week, let's take a look at where we stand. How close are we? The chances are that ...