Strange Days In Science #7: Ganymede Goes for a Swim Edition

By on March 15, 2015 // Science // 0 Comments

Image: NASA/ESA
Image: NASA/ESA

So what does everybody think about that upcoming Heroes reboot? The return of the man in horn-rimmed glasses (aka HRG), and oh look! — Chuck Bartowski, for some reason.

The original show was, to me, a roller coaster. Not so much because of its story, but because the writers didn’t seem to know what they were doing. For example, my favorite character was Mohinder Suresh, until they turned him into a giant cockroach or whatever that thing was (it’s been a while; I don’t remember).

Anyway, I’m only telling you this because it’s late and I’m terrible at intros. Onward!

Strange Days In Science Issue #7

In today’s top story, Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede, may have more water under its icy surface than Planet Earth. According to Space.com, “Scientists think the ocean is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) thick, 10 times the depth of Earth’s oceans.” The find was made by, what else, the Hubble Space Telescope.

With this news, Ganymede joins Europa and Enceladus on the growing list of moons that have underground oceans.

Sciencey News Links, Delivered Fresh

A nearby Earth-like planet that astronomers previously dismissed as “stellar noise” might actually exist.

The Milky Way galaxy may be 50% bigger than previously thought.

The Dawn spacecraft has finally made it to the dwarf planet Ceres. Maybe now we’ll find out what those two bright spots are (they might be ice!).

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault — otherwise known as the “doomsday” vault — has “received its first delivery of tree samples,” including Norway spruce and Scots pine seeds, according to The Independent. The purpose of the vault? To keep seeds tucked away underground in the event of a natural catastrophe.

Oh, by the way — check out one of my earliest posts for tips on preparing your underground bunker for the apocalypse. You know, just in case.

Hawaiian astronomers have discovered the “fastest ‘unbound’ star in the galaxy,” traveling at 745 miles per second, reports The Daily Mail.

“People judge how confident you are in just 0.2 seconds,” says New Scientist.

“For the first time,” reports The Christian Science Monitor, “a cosmic magnifying glass has allowed scientists to see the same star explosion four times.” This thanks to a little phenomenon called gravitational lensing.

Quantum jitters. Yeah.

Scientists at the University of Missouri have found that plants can detect different kinds of attacks from different insects and react accordingly.

Is it safe to “hack” your brain?

Scientists have found evidence that Neandertals wore jewelry, in the form of talons fashioned into necklaces or bracelets.

A “bizarre human-sized lobster” once lived 480 million years ago, reports BBC News.

“The lab mice awoke with happy memories…that researchers had inserted into their brains while they slept,” begins this article over at IEEE Spectrum. Spooky.

And that’s it for this week (well, weeks). Please like Stranger Dimensions on Facebook, if you are so inclined, follow me on Twitter, and check out these links and more with the Strange Days In Science Flipboard Magazine.

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
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