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  • Argonne explores how ants, bees, and fruit flies can be the next big buzz in artificial intelligence

    10/19/2019 6:55:34 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 12 replies
    Argonne National Laboratory ^ | 12 Sept 2019 | DAVE BUKEY
    Powered by plutonium and drawing 400 watts of power each to run their electronics and heat, the probes still snap photos and send them back to NASA. After 42 years, though, only six of Voyager 2’s 10 instruments still work... Ultimately, the team aimed to better understand how to use novel and emerging materials to make chips more computationally efficient. Their efforts to design and simulate a new neuromorphic chip led Yanguas-Gil’s to two pivotal breakthroughs. They were able to use filters and weights that impact neural connections in real time, depending on what the system deems important and they...
  • Vivid images reveal an ancient, dried-up river system on Mars that stretches 435 MILES

    10/17/2019 7:27:27 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 47 replies
    DAILYMAIL ^ | 16 October 2019 | STACY LIBERATORE
    ESA released stunning images of an ancient river in Nirgal Vallis that once flowed on Mars By studying the surrounding craters, the branching remains are said to be between 3.5 and 4 billion years old Detailed images of Mars reveal an ancient river that once flowed on the red planet. Spanning nearly 435 miles across the surface, the valley stream is named Nirgal Vallis and experts said it was shaped by flowing water and impacts. By exploring the characteristics of the surrounding craters, the European Space Agency has estimated the systems age to be between 3.5 and 4 billion years...
  • Former NASA scientist says they found life on Mars in the 1970s

    10/15/2019 6:30:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 0809 GMT (1609 HKT) October 15, 2019 | By Jessie Yeung
    We may have already discovered the essence of life on Mars 40 years ago, according to a former NASA scientist. Gilbert V. Levin, who was principal investigator on a NASA experiment that sent Viking landers to Mars in 1976, published an article in the ScientificAmerican journal last Thursday, arguing the experiment's positive results were proof of life on the red planet. The experiment, called Labeled Release, was designed to test Martian soil for organic matter. "It seemed we had answered that ultimate question," Levin wrote in the article. In the experiment, the Viking probes placed nutrients in Mars soil samples...
  • We could feed one million people living in colonies on Mars

    09/25/2019 7:58:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Erika K. Carlson |
    With bugs, algae and other resource-efficient foods we could feed one million people on Mars within a century of arriving there. Scientists even invented a martian diet. Cannon and colleagues modeled the food needs of a human population on Mars that grows to one million over about a hundred Earth years through a combination of immigration and reproduction. Though the settlement would need to import a lot of food at the start, it could transition to an entirely Martian-grown diet in about a century with the right food choices, they found. The major limiting factor is space or rather,...
  • Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars

    09/20/2019 8:31:03 PM PDT · by amorphous · 96 replies
    National Geographic ^ | PUBLISHED September 20, 2019 | Robin George Andrews
    At midnight on Mars, the red planets magnetic field sometimes starts to pulsate in ways that have never before been observed. The cause is currently unknown. Thats just one of the stunning preliminary findings from NASAs very first robotic geophysicist there, the InSight lander. Since touching down in November 2018, this spacecraft has been gathering intel to help scientists better understand our neighboring planets innards and evolution, such as taking the temperature of its upper crust, recording the sounds of alien quakes, and measuring the strength and direction of the planets magnetic field. As revealed during a handful of presentations...
  • Cause of mysterious methane spikes on Mars still unknown

    08/14/2019 7:11:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/13/2019 | Chris Ciaccia |
    A few months after detecting an "unusually high" level of methane on Mars, researchers have yet to figure out what's causing the spike. According to a study published in Scientific Reports, researchers from Newcastle University in the U.K. have ruled out that the spike could have been caused by wind erosion of rocks that had trapped the methane from fluid inclusions and fractures on the Red Planet's surface. "The questions are -- where is this methane coming from, and is the source biological?" principal investigator Dr. Jon Telling said Telling added that over the last decade, winds on Mars have...
  • Exomars: Parachute test failure threat to launch date

    08/13/2019 8:50:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 August 2019 | Paul Rincon
    During a high-altitude test on 5 August in Kiruna, Sweden, a test mass designed to represent the combined lander and rover was dropped from a stratospheric helium balloon at the height of 29km. Engineers were testing the largest of two main parachutes, measuring 35m in diameter, designed to slow the vehicle to a speed required to land safely on Mars. The European Space Agency says it's the largest ever to fly on a Mars mission. However, the test article crashed into the ground at high speed. Preliminary analysis shows that the initial steps in the parachute's deployment were carried out...
  • SpaceX successfully flies Mars prototype rocket for the first time

    07/26/2019 6:01:42 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/26/19 | Michael Sheetz
    SpaceX launched and landed its Starhopper rocket in its first flight, a short test that saw the company take a giant leap forward in its development of a next-generation rocket that it hopes will take people to the moon and Mars. The rocket is the prototype for SpaceXs vehicle called Starship. The company is building the enormous rocket to achieve its goal of transporting up to 100 people in the space flights. Starhopper flight successful, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet. Musk posted a video SpaceX took of Thursdays flight test from a flying drone nearby. The flight...
  • Want to Colonize Mars? Aerogel Could Help

    07/15/2019 7:38:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    JPL ^ | July 15, 2019
    Raising crops on Mars is far easier in science fiction than it will be in real life: The Red Planet is an inhospitable world. Among other challenges, subzero temperatures mean water can persist on the surface only as ice, and the planet's atmosphere offers little protection to plants (or people) from the Sun's radiation. Of course, NASA has plans to eventually put humans on Mars, using lessons it will learn from its Artemis lunar explorations. And those humans will need to eat. Being able to produce food on Mars would help reduce the quantity of supplies consuming valuable space and...
  • Nerdgasm: Star Treks Starfleet logo spotted on Mars (PHOTO)

    06/26/2019 1:44:00 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies ^ | Published time: 14 Jun, 2019 10:07 Edited time: 15 Jun, 2019 08:30 | Staff
    NASA/JPL/University of Arizona ============================================================ On the Red Planets Hellas Planitia expanse, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has spotted a rather conspicuous logo that will have trekkies jumping for joy, while rekindling old rivalries with the Star Wars fandom in the process. Enterprising viewers will make the discovery that these features look conspicuously like a famous logo, wrote Ross Beyer of the University of Arizona in a statement discussing the unusual formation which bears more than a passing resemblance to Star Treks Starfleet logo. The likeness did not go unnoticed by one of Star Treks biggest stars, William Shatner, who couldnt...
  • NASA's Curiosity Rover Detects Spike in Methane on Mars

    06/22/2019 4:27:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 06/22/2019 | Tom McKay
    High levels of methane could potentially be generated underground by microbes called methanogens that survive without oxygen and produce the gas as a metabolic byproduct. Project scientist Ashwin R. Vasavada told the Curiosity science team in an email that Given this surprising result, weve reorganized the weekend to run a follow-up experiment, the Times wrote. The readings on Wednesday are over three times that of a sudden spike in 2013 that lasted several months; after first finding nothing after its touchdown in 2012, Curiosity detected approximately seven parts per billion of methane later in the year. The newest measurements are...
  • Mysteries of the Red Planet: NASA Rover Spots Enigmatic White Light on Martian Surface

    06/21/2019 4:55:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    sputnick nws ^ | 21:54 21.06.2019
    A photo recently snapped by NASAs Curiosity rover, which roams the vast wind-swept expanses of Mars, has captured the sight of a peculiar phenomenon which looks like a flash of white light of unclear origin. The raw image, in black-and-white, was taken by the rovers right navcam on 16 June
  • 'Fettuccine' may be most obvious sign of life on Mars, researchers report

    05/29/2019 6:25:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | Diana Yates, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    A rover scanning the surface of Mars for evidence of life might want to check for rocks that look like pasta, researchers report in the journal Astrobiology. The bacterium that controls the formation of such rocks on Earth is ancient and thrives in harsh environments that are similar to conditions on Mars, said University of Illinois geology professor Bruce Fouke, who led the new, NASA-funded study. "It has an unusual name, Sulfurihydrogenibium yellowstonense," he said. The bacterium that controls the formation of such rocks on Earth is ancient and thrives in harsh environments that are similar to conditions on Mars,...
  • NASA photo showcases landing site for Mars 2020

    05/29/2019 9:32:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | May 28, 2019 / 6:47 PM | By Brooks Hays
    The Mars 2020 rover is set to land in Jezero Crater, which scientists estimate was once filled with water. Photo by NASA/MRO ================================================================= May 28 (UPI) -- A new photo captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and shared online this week features the landing site for the space agency's Mars 2020 mission. The Mars 2020 rover, scheduled to launch next year, is expected to land in the Jezero Crater, located in a region of Mars known as the Syrtis Major quadrangle. The crater is thought to have once been filled with water, and its watery history is visible in the...
  • NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover

    05/22/2019 12:17:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    NASA ^ | May 21, 2019 | RELEASE 19-041
    Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names stenciled on chips to the Red Planet with NASA's Mars 2020 rover, which represents the initial leg of humanitys first round trip to another planet. The rover is scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021. The rover, a robotic scientist weighing more than 2,300 pounds (1,000 kilograms), will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology,...
  • Trump Announces Budget Update to Fund Special Olympics, Manned Mars Mission

    05/14/2019 12:22:17 PM PDT · by McQ444 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14-05-19 | NATE CHURCH
    Trump was effusive about updates to the budget supporting the Special Olympics, and a return to space in a BIG WAY.Today, I officially updated my budget to include $18 million for our GREAT @SpecialOlympics, Trump tweeted, whose athletes inspire us and make our Nation so PROUD!Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars, the President also said. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!And despite an original proposal that cut the Great Lakes Restoration...
  • Protect the solar system from a mining 'gold rush' by creating a 'space wilderness' that preserve...

    05/13/2019 6:31:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 80 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 05/13/2019 | Ian Randall
    Researchers from the US Smithsonian Institution and Kings College London argue for preserving seven-eighths of the solar system as official 'space wildernesses.' This regulation would protect planets, moons and other bodies from unchecked mining and other types of industrial exploitation. But its core aim would be to ensure that humankind's expansion into our star system is undertaken manageably to avoid a future where all the resources are gone. It will be challenging to decide which aspects of our star system should be protected from the space mining industry, the researchers wrote in their paper. However, areas that might merit...
  • The mystery of the alien plughole on Mars: Scientists discover strange terraced crater...

    08/30/2015 9:36:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | By Ellie Zolfagharifard
    An 'alien plughole' on Mars that has baffled scientists could have a simple explanation. Astronomers claim the strange crater, which has a terraced rather than bowl pattern, has been created by water ice. To confirm their theory, researchers found an enormous slab of water ice just beneath the crater, measuring 130ft (40 metre) thick. 'Craters should be bowl shaped, but this one had terraces in the wall,' says Ali Bramson, a graduate student in the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Terraces can form when there are layers of different materials in the planet's subsurface, such as dirt, ice...
  • Marsquake! NASA's InSight Lander Feels Its 1st Red Planet Tremor

    04/23/2019 9:16:37 PM PDT · by amorphous · 24 replies
    Space.Com ^ | 23 April 2019 | Meghan Bartels
    Scientists just felt the Red Planet move under their feet robotically from millions of miles away, on the stark surface of Mars. On April 6, NASA's InSight lander sensed its first confirmed marsquake, a phenomenon scientists suspected, but couldn't confirm, occurred on the neighboring planet. Measuring the Martian equivalent of earthquakes, seismic waves traveling through the interior of the planet, was among the lander's key science goals. "We've been waiting months for our first marsquake," Philippe Lognonn, the principal investigator for the seismometer instrument, said in a statement released by the French space agency, which runs the instrument with...
  • A small step for [Red] China: Mars base [summer camp] for teens opens in desert

    04/18/2019 6:41:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies ^ | April 17, 2019
    Surrounded by barren hills in northwestern Gansu province, "Mars Base 1" opened on Wednesday with the aim of exposing teensand soon touriststo what life could be like on the planet. Built at a cost of 50 million yuan ($7.47 million), the base was constructed with help from the Astronauts Centre of China and the China Intercontinental Communication Centre, a state television production organisation. The teenagers go on treks in the desert, where they explore caves in the martian-like landscape. The closest town is Jinchang, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) away. On Wednesday, over 100 students from a nearby high school...