“Mars is there, waiting to be reached.”–Buzz Aldrin
“President Bush announced that we were landing on Mars today … which means he’s given up on Earth.”–Jon Stewart
Will we find microbes on Mars? Can we make breathable Oxygen on Mars? I guess we’ll find out sometime between now and when we get there. I’m not betting on Elon Musk’s aggressive timetable, and I’m certainly not expecting to go there myself. But I do have a ticket to send my name there.
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Mars/Moon/Space–A team of researchers from Caltech has come up with a process by which breathable Oxygen might be generated from Carbon Dioxide for the benefit of future Mars explorers. This is probably preferable to having it shipped there by Amazon.
–If you’re looking for life on Mars, you might want to look for pasta-shaped rock formations. According to a University of Illinois scientist, a microbe that forms such growths lives in extremely harsh, low oxygen environments on Earth, and might be able to thrive on Mars.
–Neither you nor I are likely to be going to Mars anytime soon–if ever. But you can send your name there. NASA is inviting individuals to submit their names to be etched in a microchip headed there on the 2020 rover. (Thanks to Eric Klein of the Lifeboat Foundation for providing me with the ticket below).
Future Transport–Back on Earth, Elon Musk’s latest promised gimmick will be to produce a Tesla roadster powered by SpaceX rocket thruster technology–by next year. Warning: do not exceed the sound barrier.
–The Canadian province of British Columbia is not taking climate change lying down. They will phase out gas-powered vehicles, requiring 10% to be emission free by 2025 and banning gas-powered vehicles entirely by 2040.
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Sustainable Energy–If you’re seeking the holy grail of renewable, clean energy, there’s bad news. Cold fusion, once and for all, is not it. Google has blown more than a few bucks chasing that unicorn the last four years.
Biotechnology–Therapy delivering nanobots have moved one step closer to becoming reality. IEEE Spectrum reports that South Korean scientists have propelled stem-cell carrying magnetic nanobots through a live mouse.