Welcome to October! Are you ready for Christmas yet, let alone Halloween?
Here are some of the most interesting science news articles I read this week:
NASA confirms evidence that liquid water flows on today's Mars
(of course I had to lead with this one, but there's a caveat below)
We've found liquid water flowing on Mars, but we're not allowed to investigate it
We emit clouds of microbes wherever we go
The 3D printer so big it can make houses
Engineered viruses could combat human disease, improve food safety
I've got your back--fishes really do look after their mates!
New theory of stealth dark matter may explain universe's missing mass
New precise particle measurement improves subatomic tool for probing mysteries of universe
Wearable electronic health patches may now be cheaper and easier to make
Hopes of improved brain implants
A natural light switch: the protein behind a light-sensing mechanism
Turning off the infanticide instinct
Scientists unravel root cause of plant twists and turns
Making batteries with portabello mushrooms
Manmade aerosols can alter rainfall in the world's most populous region
Cryogenic system freezes up to 99% of CO2 emissions from coal power plant so carbon can be stored, potentially repurposed
(I like the idea of being able to reuse the carbon later--trapping it forever in an inaccessible will lead to other problems down the road. Of course, we have to live long enough to reach that point.)
Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to mounting waste
(perhaps sometime in the future we'll have a plastic-based ecosystem)
Asteroids found to be the moon's main water supply
Have a good weekend, everyone, and see you Monday!