These weekend’s stories include what’s on the horizon for 2023 to the specific issue in Search of ET to A Strange ‘Mini Moon’ Asteroid Orbiting Earth, and so much more.
Scientific events to watch in 2023Moon landings, mRNA vaccines and climate finance are among the developments set to shape research next year, Nature reports.
What is on the horizon for 2023– American science editors share the science events they care about as 2023 begins. Our energy share, our primitive ancestors’ Nobel Prize, and so much more.Here’s some of what we’re paying attention to in 2023.
Will we know alien life when we see it? – The problem identified in the search for ET“The stars themselves could meet the criteria to be considered life,” Connor Philly reports for Nautilus.com. A group of scientists affiliated with NASA, SETI, and universities around the world has identified a way forward in astrobiological research. “The possibility that life may be involved,” they wrote. In the universe at a biochemical origin with life on Earth dwindles rapidly the farther we get from Earth.”
Dive for ancient Earth’s microbial time capsulesNational Geographic researcher and explorer Rosa Vasquez Espinosa traverses the depths of Lake Huron to understand how life evolved on Earth and what we can do to preserve it.
“Nothing We Have” shows that UFOs are of alien origin, “So far, the data has not shown that an anomaly of unknown origin came from a foreign source, according to defense officials,” says a defense official, according to NextGov.com.
The indigenous people may have created the “dark land” of the Amazons on purpose-– “At archaeological sites across the Amazon River basin, shadowy patches of extraordinarily fertile soil dot the landscape. Scientists have long debated the origin of this ‘dark earth’, which is darker in color than the surrounding soil and richer in carbon. Now, researchers have shown that the indigenous Quikoro people of southeastern Brazil intentionally created similar soils around their villages,” reports Science News.
“Awareness in robotics used to be a taboo. Now is the final wordThe pursuit of artificial consciousness may be humanity’s next goal. But it does come with a wave of tough questions.
Scientists have discovered a strange asteroid in the form of a small moon orbiting EarthMSN Reports. “Did Earth ever have more than one moon? Well, it depends on how you define it, but Earth sure has other bodies orbiting the globe over the years. In fact, three of those have been confirmed in the 21st century alone. One of those was discovered.” in December 2022. It’s an asteroid known as 2022 YG, according to CNET.”
The promise of batteries that come from trees, BBC Future reports. “As demand for electric cars grows, scientists are looking for materials to make sustainable batteries. Lignin, the material that makes trees wood, is shaping up to be a strong competitor.”
The ozone layer was destroyed during the largest mass extinction on Earth.Fossils show that plants were producing higher levels of sunscreen chemicals to protect against higher levels of ultraviolet light at the end of the Permian period, New Scientist reports.
how war in ukraine is killing marine mammals, BBC Future Reports. “Dead dolphins and porpoises washed up on Black Sea beaches in unusually large numbers – scientists investigating the sequences are now pointing fingers at increased Russian naval activity due to the war in Ukraine.”
The Pentagon says no alien life has been detected on Earth, but the search is deepeningA new office within the Department of Defense is assessing recent reports of unexplained phenomena and plans to look into accounts dating back decades, reports The Washington Post.
Homo sapiens and Neanderthals shared a high cerebral cortex fusion in adulthood, Nature.com reports – “Unlike our closest living relatives, Homo sapiens retains high levels of variability between cortical regions into adulthood.” The brain evolved in Homo sapiens and Neanderthals under distinctly higher evolutionary rates than in any other primate, suggesting that selection Normal prefers a more fully integrated brain in both species.”
Galaxies shockingly similar to ours found by NASA near the beginning of the universe, The Independent reports. “Such forbidden galaxies have been seen before in our own Milky Way. But seeing them early in the evolution of the universe will need to rewrite our galaxies of how galaxies evolve.”
Scientists have just discovered a whole new layer of brain anatomy, ScienceAlert reports. “Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the University of Rochester have identified a layer of tissue that helps protect our gray and white matter, a layer that has not been distinguished before.”
Half of the glaciers on Earth could melt even if the main warming goal is met, STUDY SAYS – A new study suggests that even at a warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, the Earth will lose nearly half of its glaciers, The Washington Post reports.
A new puzzle turns the Earth into a Rubik’s Cube, but it’s much more complicatedContinental Drift is one of Henry Seegerman’s latest efforts to make mathematics “real,” reports The New York Times.
Synchronize your calendar with the solar system.– Never miss an eclipse, meteor shower, rocket launch or other out-of-this-world astronomical and space event,[orts The New York Times.
Has the Amazon Reached Its ‘Tipping Point’?–Some Brazilian scientists fear that the Amazon may become a grassy savanna — with profound effects on the climate worldwide, reports The New York Times.
65% of Antarctica’s plants and animals could disappear, scientists say. Its iconic penguins are most at risk, reports Rachel Ramirez for CNN. ““Antarctica is not really contributing to climate change; there’s not a large-scale number of people living there, so the greatest threat to the continent is coming from outside the continent,” Jasmine Lee, lead author of the study, told CNN.”
A Comet Not Seen in 50,000 Years Is Streaking by Earth Soon. Here’s When to Look Up, reports Science Alert. “The comet is called C/2022 E3 (ZTF) after the Zwicky Transient Facility, which first spotted it passing Jupiter in March last year. After traveling from the icy reaches of our Solar System it will come closest to the Sun on January 12 and pass nearest to Earth on February 1.”
Inventor in Baja is testing a plan to cool the Earth by mimicking a volcanic eruption, reports CNBC–“Climate scientists who have been involved with solar geoengineering for a long time say the Make Sunsets balloon launches are not going to generate productive research and that the field needs to be governed by an international body.”
Curated by The Daily Galaxy Editorial Staff