Ceres was the first dwarf planet discovered, long before Pluto was found, and it’s the largest body between the sun and pluto that a spacecraft has not yet visited. Dawn gets closer to Ceres every day, bringing us NEWWorthy — close up — images of the dwarf planet. Already, scientists are pondering many questions, such as what is causing the mysterious bright spot(s) in the image of Ceres.
I wonder if they will keep the boxy shape we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing? On the other hand, it might not be long before consideration should be given to Deliverbots — self-driving delivery robots.
Awards are OLDWorthy. Yet if you search on awards for literature, art, or entertainment, you might get the impression that they are not all that old. Most awards mentioned started in the late 1800’s — such as the Nobel Prize — and later. The Academy Awards started in the 1920’s. So while it is obvious that people have probably given other people some kind of prize or award throughout history, most modern award lore on the internet is typically about the last 100 years or so.
That said, I was curious how much each major award weighs. I mean, have you watched people win an Oscar and tightly grip it so they would not drop it? It’s pretty heavy. So, in honor of the recent awards season, here are some of the weights I found.
Smithsonian Science writes about eight new planets found in the Goldilocks zone of their stars. If any of them currently support life or could support life in the future, that’s pretty exciting news. That’s NEWWorthy.
The Planetary Society talks about a new deep drill developed by Honeybee Robotics. According to the Planetary Society website, “…field tests, which could happen in February or March of 2015, aim to send Planetary Deep Drill 100 feet beneath the surface.” That’s a NEWWorthy and impressive planetary exploration machine!
The Editors Guild has selected a list of the 75 best edited films of all time. Agree, or don’t agree. Editing is an art that deserves to be recognized. Many films that are OLDWorthy, are once again NEWWorthy.
MIT Technology Review wrote about “…the first study that links corruption with wealth.” The researchers at Charles University in Prague have found a correlation between corruption and wealth. Less clear, however, is whether some countries are poor “because they are corrupt or corrupt because they are poor?”
The Scientist reports that new understandings of non-coding RNAs may help us to understand how “viruses orchestrate lifelong infections.” You’ve probably heard of probiotics for management of gut bacteria, but have you heard of provirotics? If this research goes in the direction it seems to be headed, you may be hearing more about provirotics soon.
Below is a talk by Dr. Joan Steitz last year that introduces the subject of non-coding RNA in relation to viruses.
Cepheus is a computer program that outplays top human players of heads-up limit Texas hold’em poker. It plays so well, some are calling it a perfect poker player. If Cepheus continues to live up to the hype, then it’s NEWWorthy.