Today In Science: NASA On Mars, Solar Eclipse, New ‘Skin’ Technology
NASA Spots Snow on Mars
NASA has recently released a color-enhanced image showing a mountain range covered with snow on Mars’ southeast section, which scientists refer to as the Cthulhu region. Scientists from NASA believe that the peak of the spotted mountain range is covered with frozen methane, the Huffington Post reports.
New Octopus Species Found in Hawaii?
A team of marine scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believe they have found a new species of octopus off the coast of an island in Hawaii. The scientists described the octopus as less muscular without the typical fins most octopi usually have.
Futuristic Skin Invention Rolled Out
Scientists from Cornell University have developed a stretchable skin robot that detects a person’s vital signs, including the functionality to react to the person’s mood. The technology, which is called the hyper-elastic light-emitting capacitor (HLEC), can help improve health science, transportation, and communication, among others.
Drilling to Unlock Dinosaur Mystery
In a bid to shed light on the mysterious crater on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, which had a major impact in life on Earth, scientists are planning to drill into the site. Although it has already been 66 million years since the killer asteroid hit Earth, scientists remain puzzled about the mystery behind the giant crater, the CNN reports.
Solar Eclipse on Tuesday
Most countries on the North Pacific Ocean have higher chances of witnessing the anticipated solar eclipse tomorrow, Tuesday. The rare astronomical phenomenon is most visible in most parts of Indonesia and some areas in Southeast Asia. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth.
Orangutan Population Recovered
While the population of orangutan has significantly recovered, the threat remains high. Unlike in the past when orangutans are found in most parts of Southeast Asia, today, they are only found in Sumatra and Borneo, Malaysia, the BBC reports.