Thursday, March 8, 2018

MAR 8, 2018 - 1:00 PM ET - 10 SPACE & SCIENCE, 8 PHOTOS & 4 VIDEOS

*"Sand Dunes, Odd Rock Piles Spied by Mars Orbiter (Photo)."

By Mike Wall, Senior Writer. March 7, 2018, 07:14 am ET.

"NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of Red Planet sand 

dunes and boulder piles on Jan. 27, 2018."

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona.

*"Tattoos Last Forever Because Your Immune Cells Are Hungry for Dead Skin."

By Brandon Specktor, Senior Writer. March 6, 2018, 09:37 

am ET.

 Credit: Shutterstock.

*"The Fascinating Story Behind the Oldest Message in a Bottle. 

By Laura Geggel, Senior Writer. March 7, 2018, 06:54 am 


"The 131-year-old bottle and message - currently the oldest of their kind on 


Credit: Kym Illman/

*"No, Those Aren’t Animal Tracks on Mars.

By Elizabeth Howell, Contributor. March 6, 2018, 10:52 am ET.

"NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has found dark, stick-like features that are each 

about the size of a grain of rice. They were likely formed by crystals in water long 

ago on Mars, NASA scientists have said."

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.

*"Long-Lost Footage of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Discovered at Flea 


By Brandon Specktor, Senior Writer. March 6, 2018, 02:32 

pm ET.

Credit: Courtesy of Silver Shadows Gallery Ltd.

*"Weird Cyclones on Jupiter Form Geometric Shapes — But Why? "We found 

something completely new that we did not observe before on other planets," 

study lead author Alberto Adriani, a planetary scientist at the Institute of 

Astrophysics and Space Planetology in Rome, told 

These cyclones all lasted for at least seven months. In each cluster, the cyclones 

were close enough to each other to essentially be in contact.

In this composite image, derived from data collected by the Jovian Infrared 

Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument aboard NASA’s Juno Jupiter orbiter, shows 

the central cyclone at the planet’s north pole and the eight cyclones that encircle 


In this composite image, derived from data collected by the Jovian Infrared 

Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) instrument aboard NASA’s Juno Jupiter orbiter, shows 

the central cyclone at the planet’s north pole and the eight cyclones that encircle 



By Charles Q. Choi, Contributor.| March 7, 2018, 01:01 pm ET.

"This image of Jupiter's south pole shows the heat of cyclones arranged in a 

pentagonal pattern as seen by NASA's Juno spacecraft. This image is a mosaic of 

several images taken by Juno's InfaRed Auroral Mapper instrument."


*"An Electro-Blob Under Africa May Be 'Ground Zero' for Earth's Magnetic Field 

Reversal. New research using clays burned in cleansing rituals by Iron Age 

farmers finds that over the past 1,500 years, an electromagnetic anomaly in the 

Southern Hemisphere has waxed and waned, with the magnetic field in the 

region weakening and strengthening. This weirdness may presage a gradual 

reversal in the magnetic field, so that magnetic north moves to the South Pole 

and vice versa. (A flip-flop of this sort last occurred 780,000 years ago.)"

 By Stephanie Pappas, Contributor. March 7, 2018 04:30 

pm ET.

"Chunks of clay excavated from Iron Age grain bins in South Africa. Early farmers 

burnt their clay huts and grain storage buildings in times of drought as part of a 

cleansing ritual, unknowingly locking the magnetic properties of the minerals in 

the clay into place."

Credit: Courtesy John Tarduno.

*"'Handyman of Proteins' Got Life on Earth Started. Origins-of-life researchers 

have put forward many ideas about how tiny, unpolished primordial proteins 

might have managed to carry out all the functions that life requires, but there is 

no clear consensus on what the first proteins looked like. While most modern 

proteins are rigid, specialist molecules with complex structures, these 

hypothetical early proteins would have been more flexible, but less efficient and 

precise, Pohorille (Andrew Pohorille, senior astrobiologist at the NASA Ames 

Research Center), argues. 

"These were the handymen of proteins," Pohorille says. "In the beginning 

evolution did not require the high level of precision that we have now."

By Diana Crow. March 6, 2018, 07:30 am ET.

"A computer model of the early protein developed in simulations."

Credit: Andrew Pohorille et al. 

*"You Are Here: Earth Blazes Bright in Photo from Kepler Planet-Hunting 


By Mike Wall, Senior Writer. March 8, 2018, 07:00 am ET.

"Earth appears as a brilliant flash of light in this view captured by NASA's Kepler 

space telescope on Dec. 10, 2017. This is what Earth looks like through a 

planet-hunter's eyes.

Our home planet blazes like a cosmic lighthouse in a photo taken by NASA's 

Kepler space telescope, which has discovered more than 2,500 alien worlds to 


Credit: NASA/Kepler Team.

*"Florida Woman Viciously Attacked by Possibly Rabid River Otter. A 77-year-old 

kayaker had to receive stitches and rabies treatment this weekend after being 

attacked by a wild river otter in Florida, Fox 13 News reported."

By Brandon Specktor, Senior Writer. March 8, 2018, 07:07 

am ET.

"This was not the river otter implicated in the vicious attack on a kayaker."

Credit: Shutterstock.

*"Extremely cute rescued otter joins Oregon Zoo. 

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