We are determined to determine if “the truth is out there”. If we just had all the pieces, they could fit together and form the bridge to better understanding.
The team will gather evidence and analyze data from unexplained events in the sky from a scientific perspective to determine if they are natural or require another explanation. The nine-month study will begin in the fall and the results will be shared with the public.
“I’ve spent most of my career as a cosmologist. I can tell you that we don’t know what makes up 95% of the universe,” said astrophysicist David Spergel, who will lead the team.
To help you out, here are some other unusual things we learned this week.
across the universe
Mysterious fast radio bursts have long puzzled astronomers because they don’t understand what causes the bright, millisecond flashes in space.
The celestial object constantly released weaker radio waves between repeated bursts. There is only one other fast radio burst known to do this, leading astronomers to wonder if there is more than one type of these unexplained phenomena.
It’s a living thing.
For the first time ever, scientists have learned how to grow human-like skin on a robotic finger.
According to the researchers, this breakthrough is one more step towards making robots look and feel like living creatures.
Researchers are interested in the addition of a vascular system that could help skin maintain itself, grow nails and even sweat. Having human hands could one day allow robots to help us with a surprising range of tasks.
Meet Fernando. She’s a bit of a big deal in the Galapagos Islands, and we don’t blame you if you sing a version of ABBA’s “Fernando” in her honor.
The small, lonely female tortoise was found alive on Fernandina Island in the Galapagos archipelago in 2019. Her discovery shocked scientists as they believed Fernandina tortoises were extinct, especially given the island’s highly active volcano .
A new genetic study has revealed that Fernanda is indeed a species native to her island, particularly when compared to DNA from a male turtle specimen taken from the island in 1906.
The Ingenuity helicopter battles against a foggy winter shadow on Mars.
It is possible that the bones of an animal that lived 125 million years ago instead belonged to a newly discovered species. But scientists need more information to make a decision.
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