As the planet Mars welcomes new visitors from our humble abode, we continue searching for our own ancient visitors – the origin of life itself. As our understandings of life continues to advance, so does our engineering of robotic bio-mimicry. As our technology advances, so does our ongoing steps in merging with the machines.
If these headlines tell us anything it’s that, no matter how much we discover, there’ll continue to be great mysteries that’ll push us forward as a species. Welcome to the future!
Building Blocks in Space
India Reaches Mars
“History has been created today. We have dared to reach out into the unknown and have achieved the near-impossible…
“We have gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and imagination. We have accurately navigated our spacecraft through a route known to very few. And we have done it from a distance so large that it took even a command signal from Earth to reach it more than it takes sunlight to reach us.” – Narendra Modi
MAVEN Sends Images From Mars
Google Awards Three Female Teenagers Grand Prize
“We investigated the use of diazotroph bacteria as a cereal crop germination and growth aid. Using naturally occurring Rhizobium strains of the Diazotroph bacteria family, we carried out an extensive study of their impact on the germination rate and subsequent growth of the cereal crops wheat, oats and barley. Detailed statistical analysis of our results indicated that these bacterial strains accelerated crop germination by up to 50%, and increased barley yields by 74%. Such a cereal crop performance improvement could significantly assist combatting the growing global food poverty challenge and reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture by reducing fertilizer use.”