New images reveal interesting Perseverance discovery on Mars


And on Mars, inspiring discoveries are being made as the Perseverance rover investigates an interesting site.

Other worlds

The Perseverance rover has made its most exciting discovery yet on the red planet.

Perseverance has finally collected samples from the site of an ancient river delta, which is filled with rock layers that serve as a geological record of the Martian past. Some rocks contain the highest concentrations of organic matter ever found, according to NASA scientists.

The organic matter includes sulfate-related minerals, which may hold evidence of once-habitable sites on Mars and the microbial life that may have existed there.

New photos show promising rocks in the middle of the delta strange landscape These important samples may answer the ultimate cosmic question: Are we alone in the universe?

We are family

Modern humans and Neanderthals lived together until our ancient relatives became extinct about 40,000 years ago. Now, researchers believe they have discovered something that gave Homo sapiens a cognitive advantage over Stone Age hominins.

Scientists discovered a genetic mutation that allowed neurons to form faster in the modern human brain.

“We have identified a gene that helps us become human,” said study author Wieland Huttner, professor emeritus and director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany.

But some experts believe more research is needed to ascertain the true effect of the gene.

Wayfarers

Foldscope is powerful enough to see a single bacterium.

What’s good for the gander is good for the goose – and these golden geese have yielded some pretty significant benefits.

Three groups of scientists have won the 2022 Golden Goose Awards, organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, for pioneering advances.

One of them is the Foldscope, a paper microscope that costs $1.75. Stanford University bioengineer Manu Prakash came up with the idea during a research trip to the Thai jungle more than a decade ago.

The scientific instrument has traveled the world, and researchers have also used it to identify a new type of cyanobacteria.

Defying gravity

Mark your calendars: A NASA spacecraft will crash into a small asteroid on purpose on September 26.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft, or DART, launched in November and is headed for a rendezvous with Dimorphos, a small moon orbiting an asteroid called Didymos.

The mission will push the non-Earth-threatening asteroid to change its speed and path in a first kinetic impact test. If DART is successful, the mission could demonstrate future ways to protect Earth from space debris.

The spacecraft recently spotted Didymos for the first time at a distance of about 20 million miles (32.2 million kilometers). On the day of the encounter, we see Dimorphos for the first time before DART collides with the space rock.

Consequences

The Xerces blue butterfly is extinct and can only be seen in museum collections.

The Xerces blue butterfly, the Floreana giant tortoise and the Tasmanian tiger are some of the species the world has lost to human-driven threats.

Environmental and travel photographer Marc Schlossman has spent 15 years documenting specimens of extinct and endangered animals in Chicago’s Field Museum collection for his new book, Extinction: Our Fragile Relationship With Life on Earth.

Schlossman offers a glimmer of hope in an era of accelerating biodiversity loss. Of the 82 species listed in the book, 23 are extinct, he said.

Thanks to conservation efforts, the rest have returned from the brink of extinction or — as in the case of New Zealand’s kākāpo — can be recovered with “strong” conservation work.

Explorations

Take a closer look:

— One of Saturn’s moons grazed and ruptured the gas giant 160 million years ago — and this chaotic encounter may explain the origin of the planet’s signature rings.
— DNA from 6,000-year-old ceramic food found on the Isle of Lewis reveals that ancient Scots enjoyed a familiar breakfast.
— Spectators saw an unusually slow-moving fireball in the night sky in Scotland. The mystery object could be a space rock or space debris.

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