LET THEM SPEAK
FREEZING TIME & NUCLEAR CLOCKS
DEFENDING THE UNIVERSAL VALUES OF SCIENCE
Mosquitos kill a whopping one million people each year, but luckily scientists have recently reached a breakthrough with two of the most deadly diseases – Zika and Dengue fever.
Biotech company, Oxitec, has genetically engineered mosquitoes so that the male bugs, who they’ve engineered to not bite, pass on faulty genes which make their female offspring die when they’re only in the larvae stage.
Over time, more and more females die and the swarms disappear, all without the need for insecticides
NASA has announced it plans to launch two new scientific missions during 2028 – 2030 to our mysterious neighbour Venus!
The first mission is called DAVINCI+, and it’s going to measure the composition of the Venusian atmosphere to determine how it developed.
The second mission, VERITAS, will map the planet’s surface to investigate its geological history and unveil the reasons why it developed so differently to Earth.
Traditionally, Venus has proved difficult to explore due to its thick clouds of toxic sulphuric acid and its blazing surface temperature which can reach 471 degrees Celsius!
One would assume that the possibility of life on Venus would be next to nothing, but last year scientists detected a gas, phosphine, which suggested there’s a chance.
What do you think scientists might find on Venus?
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Jeff Bezos, and his brother Mark, are set to fly to space on July 20.
This date is significant not only because it’s my birthday , but also because it’s the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The flight has been years in the making, but recently Bezos’ company Blue Origin had their “dress rehearsal” and everything’s looking set to launch.
Currently there’s an auction underway for the third ticket onboard the ship. Bidding closes in two days, and it’s already at $2.8 million USD!
Bezos has named his ship New Shepard after the astronaut Alan Shepard who was the first American in space. The capsule is designed for tourism, with massive windows and comfortable seating for up to six people.
The trip will only last ten minutes, and will make Jeff Bezos the first person to travel to space on his own rocket. The Musk-Man is gonna be jealoussssssssss…