Lately in science

I get a lot of ideas from the reality of current science (as far as I understand it) and it’s always cool to hear of the new discoveries made in any field.

Kepler-22b

The Kepler mission is tasked with looking for exoplanets beyond our solar system. So far it has found over a thousand planets comparable in size to Earth. What makes Kepler-22b remarkable however is that not only is it circling a star about the size and intensity of our own Sun and the fact that it’s in the Goldilocks zone just like ours is. The planet is rocky but so far there is no way to know whether the planet has an atmosphere, water or basically any of the qualifications for life as we know it. But that may yet change once the James Webb Space Telescope goes online. Until then, Kepler-22b is the most Earth-like planet humans have found.

Hubble’s 10 000th research paper

This week marks the publishing of the 10,000th research paper based on the data from the Hubble Space Telescope which was launched in 1990. Even though it’s about to become obsolete, it’s still producing discoveries.

Infants and their mothers can synchronize their heartbeats

An Israeli study has found evidence that infants and their mothers can synchronize their heartbeats by smiling at each other and other acts of affection. More facts in the article behind the link. Synchronizing a heartbeat is cool but might it work for something else as well? Something to think about and no mistake.

Proof of water in Mars

NASA claims to have found evidence for a watery past in Mars. Current biological knowledge maintains that water is required for life. There have been speculations before, but evidence is always evidence.

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