Astronomers have confirmed that there is an Earth-like planet a quick 600 light years away. The BBC reports:
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an Earth-like planet in the “habitable zone” around a star not unlike our own.
The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light-years away and is about 2.4 times the size of Earth, and has a temperature of about 22C.
It is the closest confirmed planet yet to one like ours - an “Earth 2.0”.
Stuff like this always makes me wonder what these other “Earthlings” would find cool, and what their sense of humor is like. Knowing my luck it would be a bunch of being who think dead babie jokes and puns are the height of comedy.
Apparently, AIDS has been decimating the mouse community but now all of that could be over.
Scientists have developed a way of delivering broadly neutralizing antibodies in mice, and in doing so, have effectively protected them from HIV infection.
Over the past year, researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and around the world, have been studying a group of potent antibodies that have the ability to neutralize HIV in the lab, and their hope is that they may learn how to create a vaccine that makes antibodies with similar properties.
Now, biologists at Caltech led by Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, president emeritus and Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology, have taken one step closer to that goal and have developed a new approach to HUIV prevention, called Vectored ImmunoProphylaxis or VIP.
What an amazing time to be a mouse.
Somewhere out there there is someone who is bored, has some left over liquid nitrogen, a goldfish, and is wondering what they can do. To you, sir or madame, I give you SCIENCE! I haven’t found a simple explanation as to why this works yet, but this is pretty cool. Makes you wonder if all those people freezing their heads aren’t as crazy as you thought they were. I saw you because I don’t want them to be all pissed at me when they are unfrozen.
Tim Minchin’s Storm
I had not heard of Tim Minchin before an hour ago. Thought this was a really cool piece both in thought and in animation.