Today’s “Planet Earth Report” –Neanderthal DNA Still Shapes Us, Close Encounters, Bee Drones

Earth from Space

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to the days’ headlines on the discoveries, people, and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

 

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Kilauea –The Stunning Eruption that Changed the Science of Volcanoes

Kilauea Volcano

 

Kilauea, the world’s longest continuously erupting volcano, yielded extraordinary new data collected during an epic, explosive summer –an unprecedented opportunity to monitor an ongoing, accessible eruption that changed the science about how volcanoes behave.

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“Will China Claim Ownership?” –Chang’e-4 Rover to Touchdown On the Moon’s Far Side New Year 2019

Peaks of Eternal Light

 

China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover is due to touchdown on the far side of the moon around New Year, 2019 at the Von Kármán crater in Aitken Basin –the craggy and complex terrain of the lunar south pole region. The planet’s new space superpower will plant its flag. Will it also claim ownership?

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“What Will They Find?” — Ancient Antarctica Life Buried in a 10,000-Year-Old Lake

 

 

Antarctica

 

We know more about the ancient lakes of Mars than we know about Antarctica’s subglacial environment, but in three weeks, a team of intrepid Antarctica scientists will drill 1,000 meters (3,200 feet) into the ice to find out what’s hidden for thousands of years buried in Mercer Subglacial Lake, formed about 10,000 years ago. The lake was first detected via NASA satellite, but never explored by humans. What they find could help to form better hypotheses about life on other planets, like on Mars or Jupiter’s moon Europa or Saturn’s Enceladus.

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Heard in the Milky Way –“Blockchain Rap to Into the Interstellar”

 

ESO Headquarters Chile

 

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

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“Safe Haven” –ALMA Observatory Unveils Earth-Like Planet Creation in Alien Star Systems

protoplanetary disk

 

Astronomers have long puzzled over a paradox of planet creation: once dusty bodies grow to about one centimeter in diameter the dynamics of a smooth protoplanetary disk would induce them to fall in on their host star, never acquiring the mass necessary to form potentially habitable planets like Mars, Venus, and Earth.

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