“Geneticists at Oxford University are making the astounding claim that a mere 8.2% of our DNA does something biologically important. That means upwards of 90% of the human genome is “junk” — a discovery that could dramatically hasten genetic research.”
Russia’s Experimental Sex Geckos Are Lost in Space
“Talk about space oddity.
Russian scientists have lost contact with a biosatellite containing five geckos as part of a sex study on living organisms. The flight was intended to be a 60-day mission which launched last week on July 19 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports. Communication with the spacecraft was lost the same day it launched.”
"Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Elon Musk for The Colbert Report. As you can imagine, Colbert wheedled out some exclusives from the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, and described his ideal version of the future that he’d like Musk to make happen. Funnily enough, it sounded a lot like Nicola Tesla’s vision.”
Europe’s Rosetta Spacecraft Will Soon Ride a Comet
“In November, things will get truly exciting when Rosetta launches a landing probe, Philae, to a historic, first-ever-of-its-kind landing on the surface of a comet. That should be as exciting as when we received the first pictures from the surface of the Moon, or Mars, or Titan.”
Learn more from astronomer Ben Burress of Chabot Space & Science Center at KQED Science.
Pictured above: Comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured by Rosetta spacecraft on approach