Due to the cold weather on Mars, it is close to impossible to support liquid water, but the salts present in the soil lowers the temperature that allows brines to form. These brines give scientists significant data to support the theory that the presence of dark streaks on crater walls is secondary to flowing water.
The data recovered are the result of Curiosity's 24-hour, year round data gathering. The team led by Javier Martin-Torres studied the atmospheric humidity and temperature on Mars. Although the international team working on the Rover Environmental Monitoring System (REMS) cannot directly analyze the liquid brines, Martin-Torres shares with BBC that the finding is still significant.
"What we see are the conditions for the formation of brines on the surface. It's similar to when people where discovering the first exoplanets. They were not seeing the planets, but they were able to see the gravitational effects on the star," he said. "These perchlorate salts have a property called deliquescence. They take the water vapor from the atmosphere and absorb it to produce the brines." more >>
According to a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association, children born from a mother who developed diabetes early in her pregnancy have heightened risk of autism.
Specialists from Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, Calif. revealed that they reviewed medical records of over 322,000 children delivered at Kaiser Permanente hospitals from 1995 to 2010. In the study, 130 of the 3,400 children diagnosed with autism, have mothers who developed gestational diabetes. The study concludes that mothers who have gestational diabetes at the 26th week of their pregnancy have 40 percent increased risk of having children with autism.
Although researchers could not pinpoint the exact link of autism and diabetes, learning and behavioral specialist Dr. Edward Curry stipulates that the high levels of blood sugar could be the culprit, as it affects fetal brain growth, specifically in areas that functions for social behavior and communication. more >>
In February, Italian surgeon Dr. Sergio Canavero of Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group (TANG) shared his plans of carrying out the first ever head transplant by 2017. The news, which shocked the world, gets even more interesting as a 30-year old Russian man volunteers to go through the procedure.
First information about the human head transplant came out in June 2013, when the neurosurgeon revealed the project code-named HEAVEN/GEMINI, which would involve putting the patient in hypothermia mode (HEAVEN) and cutting the cooled spinal cords (GEMINI) to allow spinal cord fusion. According to Dr. Canavero, the 36-hr complex procedure would need the expertise of 100 surgeons and would cost as much as £8.5 million ($12.6 million).
Dr. Canavero believes that the project will be successful, even citing previous uneventful procedures of spinal reconnection among rats. more >>
A leader in the field of sexual orientation change efforts therapy has denounced the therapy's negative portrayal following the Obama Administration's support for banning the practice. Obama supports the right to an abortion for minors, but would deny them therapies to help with same-sex attraction if they want it, he pointed out.
Last week, President Barack Obama came out in support of bans on conversion therapy for gay and transgender youths.
David Pruden, executive director of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, provided The Christian Post with comments denouncing what he called "misleading" descriptions of conversion therapy. more >>
A biblical archeology expert has said that the latest headlines of supposed new scientific evidence surrounding the Talpiot Tomb, a burial spot in East Jerusalem claimed by some to have once contained the remains of Jesus Christ and his family, are sensationalist and do not hold up to scrutiny.
"I have been to the Talpiot Tomb and interviewed one of the archaeologists who excavated it in 1980. There is no evidence that Jesus or his family members were buried there, certainly not his supposed wife and son. Those behind this latest announcement traffic in sensationalism, not archaeology," Scott Stripling, the chair of the Humanities and Foreign Language Department at Wharton County Junior College, and adjunct professor at Belhaven University (biblical archaeology and English) and The Bible Seminary (church history), told The Christian Post in a statement on Wednesday.
Geologist Arye Shimron has said that the burial spot in East Jerusalem, discovered in the 1980s, holds evidence to suggest Jesus of Nazareth was buried there, along with his wife and son — claims which contradict some of the central tenets of Christianity. more >>
Bill Nye and his organization, The Planetary Society, have discussed in detail the possibility of astronauts landing on the surface of Mars by 2039, following up on plans presented by NASA earlier this year.
The Daily Times Gazette shared on Monday details about the workshop hosted last week by The Planetary Society, which focused on NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory report.
"Getting humans to Mars is far more complex than getting to Earth's Moon," Nye said during the workshop. "But space exploration brings out the best in us. By reaching consensus on the right set of missions, we can send humans to Mars without breaking the bank." more >>