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Editors have highlighted the following attributes while ensuring the content’s credibility:Detailed Mars data analysis revealed the Noctis volcano.
Detailed analysis of the altimetry of the region using NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data, in combination with high-resolution imaging data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) and Context Imager (CTX), and from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express (MEX) High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) enabled the discovery of the Noctis volcano.
In addition to the volcano’s summit, caldera remnant, and inner and outer zones, the topographic map on the right shows the “relict glacier” discovered in 2023 and Noctis Landing, a candidate landing site for future robotic and human exploration.
Credit: Left: Mars Express HRSC color mosaic ESA/DLR/FU Berlin CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO; Right: Background image: same as Left; NASA MGS MOLA digital elevation model.
Geologic interpretation and annotations by Pascal Lee and Sourabh Shubham 2024You never can tell when planetary scientists are going to discover a new giant volcano on Mars, but when it happens, I step out to the porch and raise my Lunar and Planetary Society Core-Mantle Boundary Rift Discovery flag so all the neighbors will know, and this week, that flag was flapping in the breeze.
SpaceX successfully launched a big rocket; scientific volunteers played with dogs—for science!—and Australian researchers made a slightly diffident gesture toward a possible new source of protein that may just constrict you until you suffocate.
Volcano furtiveAt the 55th Lunar and Planetary Conference this month, scientists announced the discovery of a giant volcano and a possible sheet of buried glacier ice near the Mars equator.
The volcano, like Keyser Söze, has been “hiding in plain sight for decades,” but the region is so eroded that the volcano has been overlooked in orbital imagery taken since the 1970s.
Among the geological clues that identified the region as a sprawling volcano were a series of elevated mesas forming an arc.
A caldera remnant is clearly visible in the center of the structure, and the researchers identified the scars of lava flows and hydrated mineral deposits around the perimeter of the site.
Obviously, research attention is now focused on future robotic exploratory missions to the region, as it further illuminates the history of Mars geology and the process of glaciation that changed the features of the planet.
Rocket semi-validatedThis week, SpaceX successfully launched Starship, the world’s most powerful rocket that will never travel to a star, to an altitude of 200 kilometers above sea level.
The vehicle made half an orbit of the earth before an unsuccessful descent and vessel loss over the Indian Ocean.
But credit where it’s due: The retrieval of rockets after launch is a titanic engineering challenge that has only ever been met by SpaceX with its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles.
Following the launch, on X, formerly Twitter, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk posted, “Starship will make life multiplanetary.”
This was the third attempt at the launch of the massive rocket; during the first attempt in April 2023, SpaceX aborted and destroyed the rocket a few minutes after launch when its two stages failed to separate.
In a November 2023 test, the booster did separate, but both stages exploded over the ocean in what the Victorians would describe as an “expeditive unanticipated disaggregation.”
The roadmap for Starship doesn’t get any easier: SpaceX still needs to test its Starship tankers, which will launch into orbit to refuel a Starship for missions to the moon and Mars.
Protein yummyDepending on the month, researchers insist that humans of the future will subsist on krill, seaweed, insects, and cultivated fungi.
Now, Australian study slots pythons into the Venn diagram of possible future foods, intersecting with “currently considered unappetizing depending on your cultural milieu,” “capable of constricting you to death,” “scary” and “likely to be rejected by vegans.”
However, researchers from Macquarie University found that farmed pythons convert feed into body mass more efficiently than chickens and cattle.
“In terms of food and protein conversion ratios, pythons outperform all mainstream agricultural species studied to date,” says Dr. Daniel Natusch from the School of Natural Sciences.
Snake meat is high in protein and, I assume, tastes like chicken in accordance with the effects of unusual foods on human taste receptors.
Whatever that chicken receptor is—glutamate?—it’s really easy to activate.
We’ve all seen “The Matrix”; we know this.
Anyway, the study was based on a comparison of reticulated pythons and Burmese pythons at commercial python farms in Thailand and Vietnam, which I bring up because I’ve lived for decades ignorant of the

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The Noctis volcano was discovered through a thorough examination of Mars data. Discovering the Noctis volcano was made possible by a thorough altimetry analysis of the area using data from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA), along with high-resolution imaging data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) and Context Imager (CTX), as well as from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express (MEX) High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). The topographic map on the right displays not only the summit of the volcano, the caldera remnant, the inner and outer zones, and the “relict glacier” that was found in 2023, but also Noctis Landing, which is a potential landing site for future robotic and human exploration. Credits: Left: NASA MGS MOLA digital elevation model; Right: background image identical to Left; Mars Express HRSC color mosaic ESA/DLR/FU Berlin CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO. Geological interpretation and annotations by Sourabh Shubham and Pascal Lee (2024).

It’s always unpredictable when planetary scientists will find a new massive volcano on Mars, but when they do, I go outside to the porch and wave my Lunar and Planetary Society Core-Mantle Boundary Rift Discovery flag for everyone to see. This week, the flag was waving in the wind.

A large rocket was successfully launched by SpaceX, scientists engaged in canine play for scientific purposes, and Australian researchers gestured somewhat hesitantly toward a potential new source of protein that might just suffocate you.

volcano hidden.

Scientists revealed the finding of a massive volcano and a potential sheet of subterranean glacier ice close to the Mars equator this month at the 55th Lunar and Planetary Conference. The volcano has been “hiding in plain sight for decades,” much like Keyser Söze, but orbital imagery taken since the 1970s has not shown the volcano because of the region’s extreme erosion.

A group of raised mesas forming an arc was one of the geological cues that revealed the area to be a vast volcano. The researchers discovered hydrated mineral deposits and lava flow scars around the site’s perimeter, in addition to a clearly visible caldera remnant in the structure’s center.

Clearly, as more research sheds light on the history of Mars geology and the glacial process that altered the planet’s features, attention is now being directed toward robotic exploration missions to the area in the future.

Rocket is semi-validated.

At a height of 200 kilometers above sea level, SpaceX successfully launched Starship this week—the most potent rocket in the world that will never reach a star. Prior to an abortive descent and vessel loss over the Indian Ocean, the vehicle completed half of its orbit around the planet.

Giving credit where credit is due, though, must be given to SpaceX for its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles, which have successfully completed the enormous engineering task of recovering rockets after launch. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote, “Starship will make life multiplanetary,” on X, formerly Twitter, following the launch. “.

This was the third attempt to launch the massive rocket; on the first attempt in April 2023, SpaceX destroyed the rocket shortly after takeoff due to a failure of its two stages to separate.

Although the booster did separate in a test conducted in November 2023, the Victorians would have called this “expeditive unanticipated disaggregation” when both stages exploded over the ocean. “SpaceX still has to test its Starship tankers before they can be launched into orbit to refuel a Starship for trips to the moon and Mars, so the roadmap for Starship doesn’t get any easier.”.

Yum, protein.

Researchers are adamant that humans in the future will survive on krill, seaweed, insects, and farmed fungi, depending on the month. Pythons are now included in the Venn diagram of potential future foods, where they cross over with terms like “may be rejected by vegans,” “capable of constricting you to death,” “currently considered unappetizing depending on your cultural milieu,” and “scary.” The study conducted in Australia came to this conclusion. “.

Yet compared to chickens and cattle, Macquarie University researchers discovered that farmed pythons convert feed into body mass more effectively. Dr. Daniel Natusch of the School of Natural Sciences states, “Pythons outperform all mainstream agricultural species studied to date in terms of food and protein conversion ratios.”. Since strange foods have an odd taste to them, I assume that snake meat tastes like chicken despite being high in protein.

Glutamate, or whatever that chicken receptor is, is incredibly simple to activate. We all know that we have all seen “The Matrix.”. For whatever reason, I bring this up because I have lived for decades without knowing that commercial python farms exist. The study was based on a comparison of reticulated pythons and Burmese pythons at these farms in Thailand and Vietnam.

Boy, that’s good.

Hugging dogs has been shown by researchers at Konkuk University in South Korea to have positive effects on human stress, concentration, and relaxation—to which I would add, “after the age of three.”. “A dog’s effect on human stress is similar to that of a pressurized flame accelerant on a backyard fire pit between the ages of four months and three years.”. ( ).

The researchers in South Korea created a study that distinguishes between different kinds of interactions, such as eating, playing, and grooming, because earlier research mainly concentrated on holistic effects. During the course of the study, thirty adult participants who were wearing EEG electrodes to record brain electrical activity interacted with trained dogs.

Their findings show that human brain oscillations in the alpha band during walking and playing are related to a relaxed wakefulness state. Their increased beta-band oscillation strength is attributed to increased concentration, as are other activities like brushing or petting dogs. Following their interactions with the dogs, the volunteers generally reported feeling less stressed and exhausted.

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