The Weekend’s Useless News

Most of us have had enough of the pandemic chaos…..and more than enough of president’s claims and that of his sycophants…..and after all it is the weekend and I want to do something different….and news you cannot use is that difference…..

Trump has said that we will return to the Moon and those billionaires are slobbering all over the place at the riches that can be made from a return trip to the Moon…..what riches?

Using a small device called the Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) instrument attached to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, a team of scientists found that there may be vastly more subsurface metals beneath the Moon’s surface than previously thought.

The discovery could force us to rethink the evolution of the Moon itself. The dominant theory is currently that a collision between a Mars-sized space object and the Earth sheered off the Moon as a result of collapsing gravitational forces clumping dust and debris together.

There is lots of talk these days about a manned mission to Mars in the coming decade….now there may be a faster and cheaper way of getting there…..

A crewed mission to Mars is still many years out — if not decades.

But as rocket technology makes massive strides, scientists are starting to wonder what the best way to get there could be. And one new idea, reports, involves a side trip to another of our star system’s planetary bodies.

To make visits to the Red Planet cheaper and faster, scientists are arguing that making a Venus flyby could make a lot of sense.

Keeping with the space thingy……we have a new branch of the military…….the Space Force and now states are competing for the dollars that will come with the establishment of this branch….but this is the US Space Command….as I read it is part of the Air Force….

The Department of the Air Force has received nominations from 26 states that want to host U.S. Space Command headquarters, the service announced July 5.

“We were pleased with the strong response the Air Force received from across the country,” Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said in a statement.

The Air Force did not disclose which 26 states have submitted bids. The service plans to choose a location for U.S. Space Command headquarters in January 2021.

Air Force says 26 states have submitted bids to host U.S. Space Command

Scramble for those taxpayer dollars to be wasted…..

If you are a botanist then this is amazing news…..

Thanks to the work of squirrels, researchers in Siberia were able to grow viable Silene stenophylla plants from 32,000-year-old seeds. This incredible event, which happened in 2012, is still having a dramatic event on the scientific community and now Austrian researchers are trying to sequence the plant’s DNA to find out how it was able to survive so long.

The story starts over 10 years ago, when a team of Russian, Hungarian, and American scientists recovered the frozen seeds in 2007. They were buried 125 feet underground, deep in the Siberian permafrost. The team was investigating the burrows of ancient squirrels when they made the discovery. Fruit and seeds had been perfectly sealed from the elements thanks to the squirrels’ burrowing techniques.

Researchers Examine Plants Brought Back to Life From 32,000-Year-Old Seeds

The mind is a terrible thing…… waste.

How do you view reality?

Psychologists have only begun to unravel the concept of “personality,” that all-important but nebulous feature of individual identity. Recent studies suggest that personality traits don’t simply affect your outlook on life, but the way you perceive reality.

One study published in 2017 in the Journal of Research in Personality goes so far as to suggest that openness to experience changes what people see in the world. It makes them more likely to experience certain visual perceptions. In the study, researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia recruited 123 volunteers and gave them the big five personality test, which measures extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. That last personality trait involves creativity, imagination, and a willingness to try new things.

There you have the most absolutely useless news for this Saturday.

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9 thoughts on “The Weekend’s Useless News

  1. Thanks for the Space roundup, chuq. If not for you, I would know nothing at all about what’s happening in Space exploration. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Thank you for the very interesting news, Chuq! At least squrrels saved the future of our science. Lol To the space mission thing i only can say “Beam them (the politicans) up Scotty! We then will decide bringing them back.Lol I apologize for the late revisit, and wish you a beautiful weekend. Michael

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