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‘Xenobots’ –Living Robots May Signal a New Evolutionary Epoch



Are we entering a new evolutionary epoch? “A book is made of wood. But it is not a tree. The dead cells have been repurposed to serve another need,” say researchers at the University of Vermont who have repurposed living cells—scraped from frog embryos—and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These millimeter-wide “xenobots”, a 21st-century echo of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein,  can move toward a target, perhaps pick up a payload (like a medicine that needs to be carried to a specific place inside a patient)—and heal themselves after being cut.


Ballooning Over Antarctica –“Searching for the Origins of Cosmic Rays”



“After three Antarctic seasons — with 19 launch attempts, two launches and one recovery of the payload from a crevasse field — it is wonderful to have SuperTIGER-2 finally reach float altitude and begin collecting scientific data,” said Brian Rauch, research assistant professor of physics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University SuperTIGER –the balloon-borne scientific instrument that finished its first full revolution of Antarctica to measure the rare heavy elements in cosmic rays that hold clues about their origins outside of the solar system.


Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines

ESO Observatories Chile


Planet Earth Report –“Top Secret Navy Video of Infamous UFO Event to Zoombie World of Viruses Key to Evolution”


Earth from the ISS


“Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.


“Hot Jupiter” –Detected Spiraling Towards Its Fiery Doom

Hot Jupiter Exoplanet



Since its discovery in 1995, exoplanet WASP-12b, a “hot Jupiter,” has been spiraling towards its doom. Located 600 light-years away in the constellation Auriga, a Princeton-led team of astrophysicists has shown that the exoplanet is spiraling in toward its host star, heading toward certain destruction with less than a thousandth of that of Earth’s end, a mere 3 million years, before it meets its fiery demise.


Ancient Global-Warming Epoch Unveils Clues for Anthropocene Earth

Global Warming Oceans


“Thanks to our findings we now have a very clear picture of what was going on over 14 million years ago and this will change the way that scientists look at this period of global warming,” said Sindia Sosdian of Cardiff University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences about as the middle Miocene Climate Optimum, global temperatures were as much as three to four degrees warmer than today’s average temperatures, similar to estimates for 2100. The position of the continents were similar to today and the seas were flourishing with life.


NASA Hubble Team –“Finds 1st Evidence for Cold Dark Matter Theory”

Cold Dark Matter Clump


Although the type of particle that makes up dark matter is still a mystery, a NASA team using the Hubble Space Telescope has made a very compelling observational test for the cold dark matter model that passes “with flying colors,” said Tommaso Treu of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a member of NASA’s team who used a new “cosmic magnifying glasses” technique that found that dark matter forms much smaller clumps (image above) than previously known, confirming one of the fundamental predictions of the widely accepted “cold dark matter” theory.


“Out of the Cosmic Dark Ages” –Earliest Evidence of the First Stars

Cosmic Dark Ages


Following the Big Bang a gap of several hundred million years emerged that was filled with darkness– the cosmic dark ages, a time that’s not just absent light, but also devoid of data. Astronomers using the Mayall telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, have identified several overlapping bubbles of hydrogen gas ionized by the stars in early galaxies, a mere 680 million years after the Big Bang in these “cosmic dark ages” — when elementary particles, combined to form neutral hydrogen but no stars or galaxies existed yet to light up the Universe.