Mapping colossal asteroids, Ugly Sweaters, Human Biology Junk | The Wanderer Science

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DAWN PROBE

The sun seems to have finally set on the asteroid Vesta for NASA’s $466 million Dawn probe. The probe was launched back in 2007, and arrived at our Solar System’s brightest asteroid mid-July. NASA’s mapping device, appropriately named for its first stop, now proceeds on a multi-year voyage to the dwarf planet Ceres, also considered the largest Asteroid in our system. Among other tasks on Vesta, Dawn completed its role as a cartography explorer by mapping the colossal asteroid.

UGLY SWEATERS

Guys, if you’ve ever wondered why your girlfriend/mom/wife bought you that puke green sweater for your birthday, there may be some reasoning behind the choice in color after all. Researches gathered from the City University of New York have reported results of woman being superior to men in differentiating between color hues, and found that males actually need a longer wavelength of visible light to see the same color as females. The findings also showed that the blue-shifted male has, on average, a greater ability to pick up fine detailing, and visually react to relatively quick moving stimuli. A full report from the scientists can be found in the online journal Biology of Sex Differences.

JUNK IN DNA’S TRUNK

If you’re making an association between “junk” and “human biology”, the first things that come to mind may be fast food, Cheetos, human genitalia or the rising obesity rate in North America. For more than 440 biologists since 2003, however, the mention of junk when paired with human biology probably triggered a gob(stopper) of questions surrounding the mystery of “junk DNA”.  Scientists involved in the ENCODE project have largely catalogued most of the human genome, in what has become one of the greatest accumulations of research on the human Genome since the Human Genome Project. Online reporting from the ENCODE scientists can be found here.

 

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