Tagged: spectroscopy

Narrow, dark streaks (RSL) on slopes of Hale Crater of Mars indicate subsurface water (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona) 0

Water on Mars–Where Do We Go From Here?

Water on Mars–Where Do We Go From Here? Today’s exciting NASA press briefing confirmed what we suspected: Mars has water flows, at least intermittently. Where water flows, there is a good possibility of life, but what exactly do these conditions signify? “Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water,’ in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what we’ve long suspected,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water — albeit briny —...

Seasonal flows on slopes of Palikir Crater on Mars indicate salty running water (HiRISE imagery from NASA) 2

BREAKING: Present-Day Running Water on Mars Confirmed!

Present-Day Running Water on Mars Confirmed As the European Planetary Science Congress 2015 (EPSC) prepares to start in Nantes, France, today, it quietly carries news that NASA may shout tomorrow at the Mars press briefing: present-day water flow has been confirmed on Mars! An abstract from the conference proceedings by Lujendra Ojha et al confirms spectral evidence for hydrated salts–briny, salty water–in four different locations on Mars. This work has been ongoing, and has been documented throughout its study by NASA. The dark, seasonal streaks, frequently growing on the warmer slopes of Martian craters, were long thought to possibly indicate water...

A consumer device out on the market is claimed to now scan objects for their molecular content through smartphone and mobile devices. (SCiO) 0

Consumer Pocket Scanner ‘Measures Chemistry’ of Objects

Company Develops Consumer Pocket Scanner for Measuring the Chemistry of Objects Around You An Israeli company has developed a low-cost consumer spectrometer, alleging to measure the molecular makeup of everyday objects in our world. The device, dubbed SCiO, “is a non-intrusive, no-touch optical sensor that provides a seamless user experience.” It pairs with a smartphone or mobile device using Bluetooth to provide “instant affordable analysis,” of objects such as, “food, plants, medication, fuels, plastics.” The development of the device was made possible through a Kickstarter campaign which landed the company a cool $2.7 million dollars funded by almost 13,000 backers. If you missed...