Saturday, 29 July 2017 00:00

NASA Measures Human Impact on Space Fungi

Whether we intend to or not, humans leave an impact on the areas we inhabit. This is even true in space, where the mere existence of astronauts can change the biological makeup of a planet. As NASA continues in its plans to send manned spacecraft to Mars, the agency is researching how human presence can impact outer space.

To conduct their research, the agency is recreating the environment seen on the International Space Station, which humans have occupied since 1998. For its most recent study, they looked at the affect only a few people living in an inflatable space would have. Even with four occupants, the species of fungi present in the habitat changed.

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Since Pluto was downgraded to a dwarf planet, the world of space has been constantly abuzz over the possibility of a ninth planet in our Solar System. While trying to disprove the existence of a ninth planet in 2016, scientists actually realized they might have discovered one quite a distance from Pluto. There have been other instances of possible ninth-planet sightings, although none have been confirmed to date.

The most recent possibility exists in the Kuiper belt, a ring-shaped accumulation of matter within our Solar System. Researchers at the University of Arizona have spotted mysterious movement within the belt that they believe could point to a previously-undiscovered planet.

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Saturday, 11 February 2017 00:00

Researchers Eye Exoplanet as Possibly Habitable

For life to exist on other planets, certain conditions must be present. So when a new planet is discovered that meets at least some of those conditions, the scientific community gets excited. A newly-discovered exoplanet called Wolf 1061c has ignited that type of excitement due to its location.

Wolf 1061c is firmly situated in an area known as the “Goldilocks zone,” a term that refers to an area around a star that has the right conditions to host water. The exoplanet is located approximately 14 light years away from Earth.

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