SciFriday Link Roundup

Here's a roundup of some cool happenings in the science community this week: giganticring

The Awesome

Phys.org shares news of the discovery of a gigantic ring system that is much, much larger than Saturn's.

28 Months on Mars, from the New York Times.

Bill Nye: Screw Deflategate. You Should "Give a Fuck" About Climate Change Instead.

Fox News reports on the findings of a mysterious radio signal captured in real-time in outer space. This discovery was recently published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Marcus Woo explains Why We're Looking for Alien Life on Moons, Not Just Planets for Wired.

io9 reports that Kepler scientists discovered a Freakishly Old System of Planets, which formed more than 11 billion years ago.

Miriam Kramer, staff writer for Space.com, reports that private space taxis are on track to launch in 2017. Boeing and SpaceX will be ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station, thanks to their contracts with NASA.

Popular Science reports that scientists were able to slow down the speed of light.

Also from Popular Sciences is this article about NASA's intentions to put an aerial drone on Mars. Video on that below:

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And, finally, scientists have, at long last, figured out how to unboil an egg, a discovery that could potentially slash the costs of the world's biotech industry, and which "'could transform industrial and research production of proteins,' the researchers write in ChemBioChem".

The Atrocious and Maddening

Many Americans reject evolution, deny climate change and find GM food unsafe.

Published in the journal Science, the survey found that 31% of the US public believed that humans had existed in their present form since the beginning, with a further 24% stating that humans had evolved under the guiding hand of a supreme being.

Ugh. Just, ugh. Poor shame, America, poor shame.

Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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