Infecting Our Solar System? –“SpaceX Red Tesla May Be the Largest Load of Earthly Bacteria to Ever Enter Space”

 

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"The load of bacteria on the Tesla could be considered a biothreat, or a backup copy of life on Earth," she said Alina Alexeenko, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Purdue, who works in a lab that specializes in freeze-drying bacteria and biologics. The freeze-drying technology is used for long-term preservation of live virus vaccines, bacteria and biopharmaceuticals – a process similar to what live organisms experience in space.

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EcoNews–“Wind and Solar Could Meet Most but Not All Electricity Needs”

 
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Wind and solar power could generate most but not all electricity in the United States, according to an analysis of 36 years of weather data by Carnegie's Ken Caldeira, and three Carnegie-affiliated energy experts: Matthew Shaner, Steven Davis (of University of California Irvine), and Nathan Lewis (of Caltech).

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Life in Europa’s Vast Ocean Could Thrive off Nuclear Energy Generated By Jupiter’s Immense Tidal Force

 

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Jupiter's icy moon Europa is a major target of astrobiology research as it offers a possible habitable environment. Under its 10 km-thick icy crust is an ocean of liquid water over 100 kilometers deep. Energy deriving from the moon's gravitational interaction with Jupiter keeps this ocean warm. Theoretical research to evaluate the microbial habitability of Europa using data collected from analogous environments on Earth has been conducted by a group of Brazilian researchers linked to the University of São Paulo (USP). They've published their report in Scientific Reports.

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“Baffling!” –Hubble Space Telescope “Reveals Something Unexpected at Work in the Universe”

 
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A new Hubble finding confirms a nagging discrepancy showing the universe to be expanding faster now than was expected from its trajectory seen shortly after the big bang. Researchers suggest that there may be new physics to explain the inconsistency. "The community is really grappling with understanding the meaning of this discrepancy," said lead researcher and Nobel Laureate Adam Riess of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) and Johns Hopkins University.

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“Will It Defy Einstein’s Theory & Laws of Physics?” –Strange Mystery Star Orbiting Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

 

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"We have been waiting 16 years for this," said Devin Chu with UCLA's Galactic Center Group. "We are anxious to see how the star will behave under the black hole's violent pull. Will S0-2 follow Einstein's theory or will the star defy our current laws of physics? We will soon find out!"

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