This was a BIG week for science and since the start of the pandemic, one thing I’ve done more of is watch NEWS and Discovery Channel. Here’s the big science stories this week:
NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars this week and sent back its first photo a few minutes later. It’ll use a special laser to vaporize tiny rocks, analyze the Martian soil, and look for signs of ancient life. Something never done before on a space probe, it also has a small helicopter that’ll cruise around offering a drone’s eye view of the surface, and two microphones to record true audio on Mars for the first time.
2. Back on the “3rd Rock From The Sun”, Biologists accidentally found life under Antarctica. They sent a tiny camera down a 3,000-foot borehole in an ice shelf to view the seabed. The camera landed on a boulder with 16 sea sponges and 22 tiny animals resembling barnacles. No one’s sure how they survive there.
3. Researchers at Harvard claim the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs WASN’T an asteroid at all. . . it was a comet. Asteroids are rocks, and comets are mostly frozen gas and space dust. Other experts are skeptical though, and still think an asteroid is more likely.
Read the amazing story HERE
4. Finally a team of sleep scientists found you can still communicate with people while they’re dreaming. Volunteers were able to hear and answer questions, even though they were technically asleep. The study was centered around those who can “lucid dream,” which is when you’re aware you’re dreaming, and can even control what happens in them.
Read the full story HERE
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