The Shape Of The Milky Way’s Magnetic Field

Milky Way Magnetic Field

According to the European Space Agency, this Planck spacecraft-captured image reveals the shape of the Milky Way’s magnetic field. And, we might add, it looks oddly reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.

How Close Are We To Bionic Skin?

Bionic Skin Future

Researchers in Seoul and Cambridge, MA, recently announced new advances in synthetic skin sensitivity.
Source: Pop Science

The history of replacing human skin with something else has been pretty weird from the start. The oldest recorded evidence of medical skin grafts is found in the Egyptian Papyrus of Ebers, which dates back to roughly 1,550 BCE. It describes grafting frog skin over a human wound. Since then, humanity has experimented with porcine skin grafts (‘porcine’ sounds so much loftier than ‘pig’ or ‘swine’, doesn’t it?), artificial skin made of spider silk, and skin grafts from amnion, the thin organic layer around babies in the womb that can be collected with the placenta after birth.

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Our Aunt Flo: How “Homo floresiensis” Fits In The Human Story

Homo Floresiensis Hunter

Source: The Guardian

Way out in the South Pacific, near no place in particular, lies the tiny island of Flores. It has about as much land area as the Willamette Valley and has been covered with tropical rainforest for as long as anybody can tell. Insofar as the place is known at all, it’s mainly as a jumping-off point for tourists who want to visit the island of Komodo and watch big lizards eat goats.

In 2003, a discovery was made in a cave on Flores that sent a shockwave through the field of human origins. There, the remains of a previously unknown species of human were discovered that, on examination, proved to be unlike anything researchers had ever come across. What’s more, this clearly non-sapiens hominid was recent enough to have shared the island with the ancestors of the people who live there now.

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What Would Happen If You Approached A Black Hole?

There are few things more mysterious than black holes. For some scientists, black holes represent a continuous source of wonder and frustration as they struggle to understand just exactly what makes them tick. For most everyone else, they represent an unknown, incredibly powerful entity which is so strong that not even light can escape its grasp. And yet, everyone always wonders the same thing – “What would happen to me in a black hole”?

Black Hole Vacuum

Contrary to popular belief, black holes don’t suck up everything around them like a giant vacuum cleaner
Source: NASA

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