It’s a treat to be interviewed, and here’s a great place to read about the writing secrets book I contributed to, my own scifi, and lots more. Check it out via Writing Advice: Interview with Kate Rauner — W. Wang’s World Commentary
One study found that half of remaining DNA deteriorates every 521 years. Granted, different levels of preservation exist, but that says finding wooly mammoth DNA is amazing. Dinosaurs? Impossible.
But if there’s any chance at all, it’s fascinating.
Chinese Academy of Sciences paleontologist Alida Bailleul and her colleagues think they’ve got the proof.
Okay – I see “China” and I’m more skeptical than usual. Some questionable reports come out of China. But so do some remarkable fossils.
What about bacterial contamination, whether recent or ancient? What about analytical errors handling what-must-be tiny samples? Should we even talk about this before replication studies are published?
Keep an eye open. Every controversial field of study had to start someplace.
Fire call today. Only the second my volunteer department had since the virus lock-down.
We serve a small rural district and our 900 or so residents don’t burst into flames very often. My husband and I don’t do EMS, and that’s the majority of calls.
A lady was “burning something” and managed to burn down her storage shed and set fire to a hillside. BTW, it’s illegal to burn household trash, just so you know.
When my gloves get wet, they always leave green dye on my hands. But no one was hurt, no equipment damaged, and just a shed – not a house – burned down. So I’m content.
Some people are brillaint
In case any of you lunar fans missed it, the “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon” will serve as the definitive blueprint of the moon’s surface geology. Apollo-era maps have been updated with information from recent satellite missions. You can download a HUGE version of the map directly from the Unified Geologic Map of the Moon website or a friendlier version from this article.
Everyone seems too excited to make the color code key to the map easy to find. I’ve seen it, but not in a form I could download for you. Keep looking. It’ll pop up eventually. Maybe it’s in that HUGE file. I didn’t subject my poor little laptop to the download.
I can’t say it better than NASA:
Fifty years ago, people around the world celebrated the first Earth Day (April 22, 1970). Organizers selected dates and planned activities specifically to engage young people in the growing environmental awareness movement.
As most of us observe Earth Day at Home this year, NASA has pulled together a variety of resources from across the agency into this online toolkit. The toolkit complements NASA’s Earth Day at Home collection, which includes an online quiz, videos, posters and other resources created specifically for Earth Day 2020.
All NASA’s resources are free and available to teachers and students, parents, civic leaders, museums — and anyone else — to use and enjoy. NASA’s Toolkit Page
I planted a tree today 🙂
Titan might be Mars-like, at least in terms of dust devils.
An awful lot is different. Saturn’s moon, Titan, has an “enormous, puffy atmosphere” while Mars is nearly a vacuum. Titan’s dust is organic – particles of frozen methane or tars. Mars is rock powder. But the available data suggest dust devils could form on Titan. (Thanks to Space.com for pointing out work published March 3 in the journal of Geophysical Research.)
Nasa’s Dragonfly mission may settle the question. It’s scheduled to launch in 2026 and land on Titan in 2034. Given the long build-ups to space missions, that’s around the corner.
Until Dragonfly, you’ll have to travel to Titan in science fiction. Try my award-winning story:
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