DNA was just retrieved and sequenced from a 400,000-year-old representative of the genus Homo. The resulting near-complete mitochondrial genome sequence, detailed in this week’s Nature, is now the oldest of its kind for any human species.
On Monday, one of the leading ISON watchers, Karl Battams of the U.S. Navy’s Sungrazer Comets citizen science project and the NASA-sponsored comet ISON observing campaign, posted a eulogy for ISON, which is now believed to have disintegrated into millions of fragments as it swung around the sun, coming within a million miles of the star’s surface.
Einstein believed multiverses that exist beyond the 5 billion light years of our universe and that the endless void beyond was teaming with other universes, he also believed in parallel universes that inhabit what scientist perceive as dark matter which is abundant but can’t be penetrated by any scientific existing methods.
Materials are widely recognized as one of the critical remaining challenges for making fusion a commercially viable energy source. In a future fusion power plant, the materials surrounding and interacting with the plasma must survive in an extremely hostile environment for up to two years to produce electricity reliably, safely and economically.
In one fell swoop, “Saturday Night Live” managed to parody both the government shutdown and the hit film “Gravity.” Check out this weekend’s opening sketch, featuring Taran Killam and Cecily Strong lost in space with only a NASA janitor (Kenan Thompson) available at Mission Control.
Here at the EmTech MIT conference, director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab Carlo Rotti took the stage as part of a presentation about emerging technologies for connected cities.
Rotti took a few minutes to show off one of his team’s recent projects. It’s called SkyCall and consists of a mobile app paired with an autonomous flying quadcopter that helps people find their way around the MIT campus.