Our daily Shuttle magnificence!
Mission STS-100 begins on April 19, 2001 when the Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Clone embryos from stem cells - a medical first.
First Human Clone Embryos Created From Adults’ Skin Cells
"Scientists have created cloned embryos from the cells of two adults. This feat is the first hard evidence that it’s possible to create clones from cells taken from adult humans. The idea is that in the future, doctors could create cloned embryos of patients when the patients need an organ transplant, for example, or a set of new immune cells. The cloned embryos would serve as a source of stem cells for creating perfectly personalized transplants, no matter how old people are when they first get sick."Image: Human Embryonic Stem Cells—Not the Cloned Cells Described Above This image comes from a lab unrelated to the research described above. Clay Glennon, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Interesting facts about Jupiter’s Spot.
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
- Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS) is an atmospheric storm that has been raging in Jupiter’s southern Hemisphere for at least 400 years.
- About 100 years ago, the storm covered over 40,000 km of the surface. It is currently about one half of that size and seems to be shrinking.
- At the present rate that it is shrinking it could become circular by 2040. The GRS rotates counter-clockwise(anti-cyclonic) and makes a full rotation every six Earth days.
- It is not known exactly what causes the Great Red Spot’s reddish color. The most popular theory, which is supported by laboratory experiments, holds that the color may be caused by complex organic molecules, red phosphorus, or other sulfur compounds.
- The GRS is about two to three times larger than Earth. Winds at its oval edges can reach up to 425 mph (680 km/h)
- Infrared data has indicated that the Great Red Spot is colder (and thus, higher in altitude) than most of the other clouds on the planet
A bit more about Kepler 186f.
NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’
- Kepler-186f is 1.1 times the size of Earth.
- Due to its size and location, it’s likely to be rocky. It’s (probably) not some gaseous ball.
- It’s 500 lightyears away from Earth.
- Scientists hypothesize it is at least several billion years old.
- Its years are 130 days long and it gets one-third the energy from its star that Earth gets from the sun. So it’s chilly. On the chilliest end of the habitable zone.
- At noon on Kepler-186f, its sun would be about as bright as ours is an hour before sunset.
- It has four brother planets, though none of them are habitable. They fly around their sun once every four, seven, 13 and 22 days, so they are way too close and too hot for life.
A graphic look at the aging of the US population.
As Business Insider put it, “Watch America age 110 years in one gif.”
See more on the demographic transformation of The Next America here.
Anyone else find it intriguing that there will be more people over the age of 85 in 2060 than there will be people in their late 70s?