Imagine a world other than ours where there are lakes and rivers. Now that should be something worthy of tingling one's interest, right? While NASA, its legion of space experts, and amateur astronomers are going farther and farther in search for new worlds, it also can be fun when we hear something new about our close neighbors.
During a news conference held at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, scientists from NASA provided a much closer look at Pluto, the dwarf planet that was one declassified as a planet and was again named as one. Of all the new scientific findings presented, nothing was more remarkable than the possibility that the planet may have been home to flowing lakes and rivers. The space agency speculated that there actually might still be remnants of liquid nitrogen that's currently flowing underneath the surface.
Alan Stern, leader of the New Horizons team, said during the news conference (via Washington Post), that his team might have seen something like a "former lake." His team believes that the planet's mountainous terrain was formed by water ice that froze and became as hard as bedrock. It was then carved and shaped by flowing liquid nitrogen. They also contend that because of the extremely awkward seasons in Pluto, the conditions may still allow liquid nitrogen to remain in its state. The flat areas on the surface are most likely caused by still liquid but the grooves and rough terrain were made by the rivers of nitrogen. The drastic changes in the planet's climate allowed the frozen nitrogen underneath to thaw while some remain, covering the crust. more >>
What's the difference between a pet Burmese Python and a human baby? Nothing. Or everything. It depends on your worldview.
Americans have a thing for the exotic, no matter how costly it may prove to other people. For instance, the Florida Everglades are home to, among other species, Nile crocodiles, green anacondas, and most famously, tens of thousands of Burmese pythons.
As words like "Nile" and "Burmese" suggest, none of these species are native to Florida or even to this continent. Their presence in the Everglades, and the damage they're causing to that fragile ecosystem is the result of people indulging their desire for exotic pets and then dumping them when they become inconvenient. more >>
George Orwell famously wrote, "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
For those tethered to biological reality, the self-evident truth that, prior to birth, people develop either "XY" or "XX" genetic markers and, as such, are objectively, and shall forever remain, either male or female, is as plain as blue is blue or pink is pink.
Indeed, notwithstanding the politically driven "LGBT" agenda that pretends otherwise, those who suffer with "gender dysphoria" disorder will stay, as born, either male or female, whether or not they play dress up, sterilize themselves and destroy healthy reproductive organs. more >>
A recent article from the Daily Express in the United Kingdom was titled, "Scientists Take a Step Closer to Eternal Life as They Preserve and Revive Brain." It explained how researchers from 21st Century Medicine (21CM) managed to freeze the brain of a rabbit, and then revive it. The fact that they used a rabbit is ironic given some of the cultural themes associated with Easter.
For some, Easter is nothing more than bunnies and eggs. For believers, Easter is a celebration of eternal life as a result of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Meanwhile, certain scientists are busy trying to produce what only Christ can give us.
Science would love to produce eternal life, but it will never happen. God alone holds the key to life and death, and the key to immortality. And God isn't about to contradict something He has already told us concerning eternal life. more >>
Scientists have presented evidence for what they argue is interbreeding behavior between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals that might have influenced changes to humans' metabolism and immune systems.
Researchers in the journal of Science noted that although Neanderthal sequences that persist in the genomes of modern humans have been identified in Eurasians, there was a lack of comparable studies when it comes to Neanderthals and Denisovans. Genetic information from close to 1,500 people around the world has now led them to believed that early humans interbred with Neanderthals and Denisovans.
A "mosquito factory" in China's Guangzhou city is breeding 20 million mosquitoes every week and releasing them into the world.
The male mosquitoes are infected with bacteria before they are set free to copulate with female mosquitoes in the wild. The aim of this project, according to the research team, is to reduce the mosquito population and eradicate mosquito-borne diseases.
On Monday, March 14, a group of scientists led by Xi Zhiyong of China's Sun Yat-sen University and Michigan State University announced that they are infecting the male mosquitoes with Wolbachia bacteria. When infected male mosquitoes breed with wild female mosquitoes, they produce infertile eggs. Though this may sound like a radical method of eliminating disease, the scientists believe that it is an effective way of reducing the risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, chikungunya, and the Zika virus. more >>