Disney’s 2012 movie John Carter captured well the beauty of the fantastic Mars/Barsoom created by Edgar Rice Burroughs one hundred years ago. Today I found a deleted opening scene on YouTube, one that provides some views of the interiors of the city of Helium.
New laboratory research that, among other things, studies how hydrogen behaves under the enormous pressure found in the core of gas giants. It turns out that the older hypotheses about metallic hydrogen may be incorrect — link >>>
I was born in the 1950s. So I currently live in the future of my youth — and it is hardly what my younger self expected it to be. But it is fortunately a much better “place” than those we were able to imagine in 1973.
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is once again making the headlines in the science press. It has drilled into the ground in a place that appears to have been a lake in ancient times. The soil samples from what once was wet mud contained unexpected amounts of organic carbon. Read more here — link >>>>
The origin of these carbon compounds is however still not clear. On Earth, there are “stone-eating” microorganisms that survive in oxygen-free environments by using a process called chemolithotrophy. The quest for alien life om Mars continues.