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Life Deep Below Earth Surface Has Important Mars Biosphere Implications

Earth Subsurface Biosphere

When we think of what it must be like far below the Earth’s surface, most of us picture the simplistic drawings we saw in grade school and believe there to be nothing there but deep layers of lifeless rock.  Several recent studies on the subsurface biosphere illustrate just how wrong …

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Creating an Artificial Martian Magnetosphere to Start Terraforming

Mars Terraform

http://nautil.us/blog/how-to-give-mars-an-atmosphere-maybe This article is interesting but leaves out some details: Power: It mentions that “An inflatable structure can generate a magnetic dipole field at a level of perhaps 1 or 2 Tesla (a unit that measures the strength of a magnetic field) as an active shield against the solar wind. …

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Space Advocates Debate Moon vs Mars vs Asteroids as Mankind’s Future Destinations

Should humans devote most of our resources to the development of a colony on the Moon, Mars or towards the utilization of Asteroid resources?  Space advocates debated which location in space should be our primary focus at this week’s “New Space Age” conference at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Geekwire.com reported on the …

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Powering Space: Lasers Beaming Power to Satellites and Nuclear Space Reactors

Russian Space Reactor Topaz-1

  According to this article, the Russians are working on a way to beam power to satellites.  My immediate thought is that it will also help with the possibility of beaming power to deep space probes and possibly even manned missions at some point.  Of equal interest was the brief …

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The Next 100 Years of Engineering

Science and Engineering Stories

This article offers an interesting perspective from an Electrical engineering grad student at Stanford University: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-the-next-100-years-of-engineering-may-look-like_us_59f117fae4b09812b938c689 I think the author definitely should have put more time and emphasis on the importance of nanotechnology (very briefly mentioned).  I also note that he fully excluded the many engineering challenges that will undoubtedly …

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Cool Article: A Bionic Lens Undergoing Clinical Trials Could Give You Superhuman Abilities In Two Years

Bionic Eye

  A product currently undergoing clinical trials and which could be available to the public in less than 3 years has the potential to make any recipient of the surgery have vision abilities comparable to something otherwise only found in comic books and movies.  A recent article at BigThink.com states: …

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Finding Life in Warm Oceans Under Frozen Moons and Planets

Extraterrestrial Life May Be Hiding in Subsurface Oceans

There has been a recent flurry of articles postulating the existence of life in warm oceans that exist under the the frozen exteriors of moons in our Solar System and possible worlds and moons of far away star systems. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/why-haven-t-we-had-alien-contact-blame-icy-ocean-worlds  http://www.newsweek.com/alien-atlantis-extraterrestrial-life-may-be-hiding-subsurface-oceans-distant-692580 https://www.space.com/38577-fermi-paradox-alien-life-buried-oceans.html https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/new-classification-system-water-based-life-180965341/ https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/fermi-s-paradox-finished-perhaps-et-is-abundant-and-we-just-can-t-see-it It is exciting to think about …

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Ants Give Us a Hint on The Genetics of Extending Lifespans

Ant mutation manipulation gene CRISPR control life span

Ants Give Us a Hint on The Genetics of Extending Lifespans The Washington Post recently published an interesting article about how scientists have used the gene-editing technology called CRISPR to create “mutant ants” that behave differently because the scientists were able to turn off many of the ants olfactory genes. …

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Glass with Radiation Protection

Very interesting advancement that addresses one of the issues I see as necessary hurdles for putting humans on Mars, which is protection from long-term radiation exposure:  http://news.discovery.com/space/radiation-blocking-glass-tech-to-shield-astronauts-160122.htm

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