Dark Thirty Radio – May 19th, 2016

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Tonight on “Dark Thirty” Radio Show

 

Astronomers Question Their Direction In The Search For Extra Terrestrial Life

Astronomers are torn as to which direction to look in the search for signals from intelligent  beings on distant worlds, Jupiter’s fourth largest moon Europa or Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

A vast ocean is thought to exist beneath the frozen surface of Europa while Titan is covered in massive pools of hydrocarbons.

Regardless, both Europa and Titan present wonderful possibilities for finding new lifeforms

Source: Tech Times

 

Drake Equation Reinvented With Startling Results

Researchers have reinvented the 1961 Drake equation and came to the mathematical likelihood that the chances of humans on Earth being the only intelligent life in the universe is ten-billion-trillion to one.

The scientific approach to investigating other sources of life could change as a result of their
findings.

Source: RT

 

Blind Man Sees Again After 40 Years Thanks To A Bionic Eye Transplant

eyeTexas man John Jameson is one of only a handful of patients to receive a bionic eye implant since the technology was approved by the FDA less than two years ago and can now legal see again after 40 years of blindness.

The implantable miniature telescope an magnify images in front of the eye up to 2.7 times their normal size.

Source: Mysterious Universe

 

 

The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure Calls For Jupiter Watchers

Marc Delcroix, a researcher with the French Astronomical Society has organized a group of amateur astronomers from all over the world, to watch for and report fireballs caused by meteors crashing  into Jupiter.

The Europlanet 2020 Research Infrastructure is a collaborative research program sponsored by the  European Union, with the goal to integrate and support planetary science activities throughout  Europe.

Source: UPI

 

Could Currently Frozen Worlds Get A Second Chance To Harbor Life?

frozen-planetsNew research suggests that it is possible that stars twice the age of our sun could radiate  enough heat to the outer edges of their solar systems to expand the habitable zone by heating up the previously frozen worlds around them.

Astronomers from Cornell University’s Carl Sagan Institute modeled the conditions necessary for life around these red giant stars by using space and ground-based telescopes by using the  distance between Earth and our sun as reference.

Source: Christian Science Monitor

 

Researchers Prove That Tress Sleep Too

Researchers at the Center for Ecological Research in Hungary have, for the first time ever, observed trees as they slept.

The team scanned two birch trees, one in Finland and one in Austria, over the course of a single  night and found that both trees were shown to undergo physical changes at night that can be likened to sleep, or at least to day-night cycles.

Source: New Scientist

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