First moon plants sprout in China’s Chang’e 4 biosphere experiment

Sprouting cotton plants, on the moon. Other, more dramatic, images seen elsewhere are from the control setup on earthChongqing University By Sam Wong A sprouting cotton seed on China’s Chang’e 4 lunar lander is the first plant ever to germinate on another world, heralding a new era for life in space. Seeds of cotton, oilseed rape, …

Giant leaf for mankind? China germinates first seed on moon

A small green shoot is growing on the moon after a cotton seed germinated onboard a Chinese lunar lander, scientists said. The sprout has emerged from a lattice-like structure inside a canister after the Chang’e-4 lander set down earlier this month, according to a series of photos released by the Advanced Technology Research Institute at …

You Absolutely Must See The First-Ever Panorama From The Far Side of The Moon

The far side of the Moon is a strange, barren, monochrome place, according to the latest images sent home from China’s Yutu 2 rover. An incredible 360-degree panorama reveals just how arid and alien it is on the back of Earth’s satellite. China made history when spacecraft Chang’e 4 landed rover Yutu 2 on the …

The Promise of LSD Microdoses and Other Psychedelic “Medicines”

I first met psychedelic expert John H. Halpern, M.D., in 1999 at a conference on altered states in Basel, Switzerland (where I also interviewed Albert Hofmann, LSD’s discoverer, and tripped on magic mushrooms). Halpern, then a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, was studying effects of peyote on members of the Native American Church, …

NASA Captures Amazing Images Of ‘Apocalypse Asteroid’ Which Could Wipe Out All Life On Earth

Apparently, floating out in the vastness of space, there’s an asteroid so big it would unleash 80,000 times more energy than the Hiroshima atomic bomb if it hit Earth. And there’s a one in 2,700 chance of that. Now, those odds don’t sound great. There’s less chance of you winning the lottery, and people seem …

Antarctica Is Now Rapidly Melting All Over, Including Parts We Thought Were Safe

Antarctic glaciers have been melting at an accelerating pace over the past four decades thanks to an influx of warm ocean water – a startling new finding that researchers say could mean sea levels are poised to rise more quickly than predicted in coming decades. The Antarctic lost 40 billion tons of melting ice to …

Here’s One Thing You Need to Know About People Who Strongly Oppose GMOs

Here’s a funny one: genetically modified food. Okay, so maybe it’s not all that funny. But people’s reactions to it certainly are. Despite numerous and huge scientific studies validating the safety and benefits of genetically modified foods (aka GM or GMO foods), people just refuse to be convinced. Should we be surprised? Perhaps not: Americans …

NASA near earth objects: Three large asteroids to fly by earth tomorrow

Three rogue asteroids are set to speed uncomfortably close to the Earth tomorrow. The largest of the trio could cause catastrophe if it smashes into our planet, and is as large as the leaning tower of Pisa. That’s according to NASA, which has listed the asteroids on its “near-Earth objects” alert page. MORE: Asteroid Bennu …

Steam-powered spaceship could cruise the cosmos indefinitely without running out of gas

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE Jan. 14, 2019, 7:18 PM GMT / Source: Live Science By Brandon Specktor, Live Science Come one, come all and behold the future of space travel: steam power! No, seriously; half a century after the world’s first manned space mission, it seems that interplanetary travel has finally entered the steam …

Chinese landing on ‘dark side of the moon’ was fake, conspiracy theorist claims

Earlier this month, China made history by landing a rover on the ‘dark side of the moon’ for the first time. While China’s National Space Administration has posted several photos and videos of the landing, conspiracy theorists aren’t convinced. Now, one conspiracy theorist claims he has evidence that the moon landing was fake. Scott C. …

This Harvard Astronomer Is Still Saying That ‘Oumuamua Could Be an Alien Probe

In a new interview with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the chair of Harvard University’s Astronomy Department Avi Loeb defended his controversial hypothesis that the interstellar object known as ‘Oumuamua could be an alien probe – and speculated at length about the place of humanity in the cosmos. “As soon as we leave the Solar System, …

January’s ‘super blood Moon’ eclipse will be visible to millions: Where and how to watch the rare event

A super blood moon will be visible in late January. (The Associated Press. ) Millions of people across the world will witness a partially red-tinted night sky as a rare celestial event arrives this weekend: a “super wolf blood Moon” eclipse. North America hasn’t had a decent view of this special scene in at least three …

10 Posts That Deserve More Likes Than A Kardashian Or An Egg

Up until recently, Kylie Kardashian – youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan – held the title for most-liked Instagram post ever. The image in question was taken last February and shows a little baby Stormi clutching a manicured thumb (presumably Kylie’s). But alas, it is no more. So, what example of photographic genius has taken over such a coveted …

Surprises in physics: From black bodies to the accelerating universe

Max Planck’s revolutionary 1900 discovery that energy in the subatomic world exists as discrete packets marked the beginning of a century of spectacular surprises in physics (Image: Wikipedia Commons) Surprises rank high on the list of things that make science a source of everlasting delight. When it comes to being surprised scientists are no different …

City bees: allotments and gardens can help arrest decline – study

Allotments, weedy corners and fancy gardens are all urban havens for bees and other pollinators, a study has found. The widespread decline of bees resulting from the loss of wild areas and pesticide use has caused great concern in recent years, but towns and cities have been suggested as potential sanctuaries. The first research to …