It is Saturday and all the news that does not mean a damn thing to anyone…..
The Martian rover has found evidence of life….just not Martian…..
Earthlings have officially littered on another planet, and it’s spreading in unexpected ways. Per the Guardian,the Mars rover Perseverance captured an image of a shiny, foil-like object stuck between two rocks. It’s certainly a sign of life, but not the type Perseverance is hoping to find on its mission. On its Twitter account—narrated in the first person—Perseverance said “it’s a piece of a thermal blanket that … may have come from my descent stage, the rocket-powered jet pack that set me down on landing day back in 2021.” The blanket either fluttered to its current location during the landing or it was subsequently blown there by Martian winds. According to the New York Times,the blanket scrap is far from the only “otherworldly wreckage” on the planet’s surface. Earlier this year, the helicopter Ingenuity, Perseverance’s “small robotic companion,” spotted the top of the landing craft, or backshell, which protected the rest of the craft on its descent. It’s lying shattered about a mile from where Perseverance touched down with help from Skycrane.
The Guardian says the discovery has “reignited concerns that space exploration risks contaminating the pristine Martian and lunar environments,” a problem addressed by the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which some say does not go far enough to protect space environments. However, according to one expert, the risk of contamination is low because “everything is sterilized before it goes to Mars.” Per Mashable, the rover “doesn’t have much time to admire trash” as it now headed into the “prime of its mission,” exploring a long-dried river delta in the Jezero Crater, which may have been a watery environment capable of supporting microbial life about 3 billion years ago.
I am sure that some conspiracy junkie will find something that is usable for their website…..it is just junk!
We hear about those pet owners that decide the snake is too big to handle so that go to the Everglades and turn them lose…..and this is what we get…..
A team of biologists recently hauled in the heaviest Burmese python ever captured in Florida, officials say. The female python weighed in at 215 pounds, was nearly 18 feet long and had 122 developing eggs, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida said in a news release. The team used radio transmitters transplanted in male “scout” snakes to study python movements, breeding behaviors, and habitat use, says Ian Bartoszek, wildlife biologist and environmental science project manager for the conservancy’s program.
“How do you find the needle in the haystack? You could use a magnet, and in a similar way our male scout snakes are attracted to the biggest females around,” Bartoszek says. The team used a scout snake named Dionysus—or Dion for short—in an area of the western Everglades, the AP reports. “We knew he was there for a reason, and the team found him with the largest female we have seen to date.” Biologist Ian Easterling and intern Kyle Findley helped capture the female snake and haul her through the woods to the field truck. A necropsy also found hoof cores in the snake’s digestive system, meaning that an adult white-tailed deer was its last meal.
National Geographic documented the discovery, highlighting the continued impact of the invasive pythons, which are known for rapid reproduction and depletion of surrounding native wildlife. Bartoszek said removal of female pythons plays a critical role in disrupting the breeding cycle. “This is the wildlife issue of our time for southern Florida,” he said. Since the conservancy’s python program began in 2013, they’ve removed over 1,000 pythons from approximately 100 square miles in southwest Florida. The state’s python removal program runs for two weeks in August. Participants compete for prizes, including $2,500 for capturing the most pythons
Another good reason to stay out of the Everglades.
Finally….do you kike bananas?
How is this for surprise?
Supermarkets in the Czech Republic got a little more than they bargained for in their banana shipments last week: $83 million worth of cocaine. Police were alerted after grocery workers started discovering blocks of pressed cocaine in with the fruit; ultimately, 1,851 pounds were found, Newsweek reports. The crates of bananas originated in Colombia, and the drugs were meant to be intercepted, but were delivered to the grocery stores before they could be. “The information about the shipment leads outside the Czech Republic, therefore we will use international police and justice cooperation,” police said in a statement, per Reuters.
This week, anti-narcotics police in Colombia found 2,866 pounds of cocaine disguised as potatoes and yucca, Reuters reports. The drugs were seized before being shipped from the Port of Cartagena to Spain, 9 News reports. “This may be the most innovative case discovered by drug traffickers in recent years, they had designed the drug in irregular molds simulating croquettes of cassava and papa criolla,” a police official says. A tipster alerted authorities to the drugs. “The cooperation and support of the people who manage the maritime terminals in the country has been fundamental, we will continue working together to find those responsible and discover who is behind this shipment,” the police official says.
There you have it all the news that means nothing to the grand scheme of things.
Enjoy your weekend…..Be well….
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