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“Longevity Gene” –“Species Living More Than 200 Years Evolved Robust SIRT6 Genes”

 

Bowhead Whale

 

“We have other species that are even longer lived than humans,” says researcher Andrei Seluanov at the University of Rochester. Next steps involve analyzing whether species that have longer lifespans than humans—like the bowhead whale, which can live more than 200 years—have evolved even more robust SIRT6 genes.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Last Photon Orbit to Nuclear Fallout in Melting Glaciers”

 

 

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“The Venus Code” –Unknown Unknowns of Climate Change (Earth Day Feature)

Planet Venus

 

“Venus is like Earth in so many ways,” explains Stephen Hawking. “A sort of kissing cousin. She’s almost the same size as Earth, a touch closer to the Sun. And, she has an atmosphere that could crush a submarine.” In the original documentary series Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places, the renowned physicist proposed that climate-science deniers take a trip to Venus, offering to pay for their fare to view the ultimate results of their ignorance.

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“Monsters & Dragons?” –Mapping the Terra Incognito of Milky Way’s Unseen Far Side (Weekend Feature)

 

Milky Way's True Shape

“Optically, it’s like trying to look through a velvet cloth—black as black can be,” says Thomas Dame, Director of the Radio Telescope Data Center at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Senior Radio Astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. “In terms of tracing and understanding the spiral structure, essentially half of the Milky Way is terra incognito.”

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“Our Shrinking Planet”– 69 Years Ago a New Epoch May Have Begun on Earth

 

Global Warming

 

“Not so long ago,” writes Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic, “the very nature of planet Earth suffered a devastating rupture. The break was sudden, global, and irreversible. It happened in the year 1950. Mick Jagger, Meryl Streep, and Caitlyn Jenner were all born before this crack in time. Vladimir Putin, Liam Neeson, and Mr. T were all born after it.”

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Heard In the Milky Way –“Spaceship on Earth 3 Billion Years Ago to Pentagon’s UFO Chief”

 

ESO Observatories Chile

 

Check out today’s eclectic coverage of programs broadcast and streamed on the (occasionally “far side”) state of affairs on our pale blue dot, signaling our existence to possible exo-civilizations.

“FM signals and those of broadcast television travel out to space at the speed of light. Any eavesdropping alien civilization will know all about our TV programs (probably a bad thing), will hear all our FM music (probably a good thing), and know nothing of the politics of AM talk-show hosts (probably a safe thing).” –Neil deGrasse Tyson, Death By Black Hole

 

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The Great Chain of Galaxies –“Crater Cloud to the Virgo Supercluster”

 

NGC 3981

 

“Imagine the beings that exist there!” Is our thought every time we look at the spectacular ESO image of spiral galaxy NGC 3981 suspended in the inky blackness of space. NGC 3981, lying approximately 65 million light years from Earth, is part of the NGC 4038 group, which also contains the well-known interacting Antennae Galaxies. This group is part of the larger Crater Cloud, which is itself a smaller component of the Virgo Supercluster, the colossal collection of galaxies that harbors our Milky Way galaxy.

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Messenger Spacecraft –“Mercury May Predict Future of Earth’s Magnetic Field”

 

Planet Mercury

 

“Mercury’s interior is still active, due to the molten core that powers the planet’s weak magnetic field, relative to Earth’s,” said Antonio Genova, an assistant professor at Sapienza University of Rome who led the research while at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. “Mercury’s interior has cooled more rapidly than our planet’s. Mercury may help us predict how Earth’s magnetic field will change as the core cools.”

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