Planet Earth Report –“Not Made on This Earth to The Last True Hermit”

Planet Earth Report --"Herod's Flu to What Life Will Look Like in 2022"

 

“Planet Earth Report” provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of Planet Earth and the future of the human species.

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“Exist at an Astonishing Scale” –Planets Orbiting Black Holes Could Harbor Life ‘Beyond Extreme’

Black Hole Planet

 

“The black holes of nature are the most perfect macroscopic objects there are in the universe –the only elements in their construction are our concepts of space and time,” said Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the Noble-Prize winning, Indian-American astrophysicist NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory was named for.

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“The Unknown Ancestor”  –Searching for Primordial Human Origins

“The Unknown Ancestor”    --Searching for Primordial, Prehistoric Human Origins

 

 

It’s been said that if a machine ever gains awareness, it will be not due to our careful programming, but to an unforeseeable anomaly. Perhaps the first anomaly occurred back in the distant primordial fog of human evolution. We may never know. But a new analysis of ancient genomes suggests that different branches of the human family tree interbred multiple times, and that some humans carry DNA from an archaic, unknown ancestor. 

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Mars Eerie Pulsing Nightglow

Mars Eerie Pulsing Nightglow

 

“If we’re going to send people to Mars, we better understand what’s going on in the atmosphere,” said Zachariah Milby, a researcher at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at University of Colorado, Boulder. about the eerie nightly phenomenon on Mars –first discovered by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express Mission in 2003–when the sun sets and temperatures fall to minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit and below, that spreads across much of the planet’s sky –“a soft glow created by chemical reactions occurring tens of miles above the surface.”

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“Lighting Up Jupiter’s Dark Side ” –Juno Mission Reveals the Unknown 

 

Jupiter Lightning

 

Ever since NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft flew past Jupiter in March, 1979, scientists have wondered about the origin of Jupiter’s lightning, which had been theorized for centuries. Now, new results from NASA’s Juno mission, which has been orbiting Jupiter since July 4, 2016, suggest our solar system’s largest planet–an immense spinning colorful sphere of methane and ammonia so large it could easily swallow all the other planets– is home to what’s called “shallow lightning” and slushy hailstones Juno’s science team calls “mushballs” that capture ammonia and water in the upper atmosphere and carry them into the dark depths of Jupiter’s atmosphere. 

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“Supersharp Vision” –First Exoplanet Discovered by Radio Telescope

 

 TVLM 513-46546 Exoplanet

 

“In the deepest sense, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence is a search for ourselves,” said Carl Sagan. Although as yet unfulfilled, the quest continues from the Kepler Mission to Tess and now via the ten 25-meter radio antenna dishes of the continent-wide Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA). Astronomers have announced the discovery of a Saturn-sized planet closely orbiting a small, cool star 35 light-years from Earth using the VLBA’s supersharp radio “vision”.

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