Safety in Numbers: Bacterial Resistance in Space Bacterial cells were found to be more resistant to space hazards when grouped together as aggregates and could even protect secondary bacterial species.

Space is a dangerous place. Astronauts are wrapped up in layers of protection that regulate pressure, temperature, and oxygen. This protection has been developed through decades of medical research and testing, just to keep astronauts alive. The main space hazards READ MORE

What if the entire planet had it’s own flag? A scientist proposes that as we explore space, the Blue Marble flag should be used as a symbol for the citizens of Earth.

By Eric Moyer and Gina Riggio Blue Marble Space Young Scientist Program Since humanity’s first journey off the ground, advances in space exploration and aviation have been a fierce competition among nations on the international stage. Sanjoy Som writes in READ MORE

A crater on Mars may be a future landing site Rock formations on the Jezero Crater on Mars give us clues that there were probably active rivers there at some point.

Here on Earth, scientists study layers of sediment like dirt and sand to better understand how rocks form. The same contextual clues geologists use to explain how sedimentary rocks form on Earth can also be applied to extraterrestrial planets. Recent READ MORE

What happens if we send signals into space? Scientists explore potential risks of intentionally and unintentionally transmitting information into space

By Margareth Cheng-Campbell Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, Young Scientist Program For over a hundred years, humans on Earth have been using radio transmissions to communicate with each other. This ability to communicate around the globe has brought people READ MORE

Using The Big Bang As A Ruler Cosmologists use baryon acoustic oscillations to map distances as the universe expands

Baryon acoustic oscillations, an artifact remaining from the Big Bang, can be used by scientists to measure cosmological distances regardless of how the distances are changing. Soon after the Big Bang, the beginning of our universe, all of the matter READ MORE

Managing Mars: Who Has a Right To It’s Resources? Two scientists propose a method of divvying up Martian resources based on the concept of “Cooperative Sovereignty”

By Spandan Dash BMSIS Young Scientist Program Humans have long been fascinated by the huge Cosmos above us. Perhaps this fascination has been best put to words by Carl Sagan in his influential book, Cosmos: “The Cosmos is all that READ MORE

An Interstellar Asteroid Just Flew Through Our Solar System Scientists are guessing the origins of an interstellar asteroid visitor they detected speeding through our solar system

An asteroid recently came blazing through our solar system and it appears to be an interstellar visitor. The asteroid, dubbed A/2017 U1, would be the first interstellar object ever to be observed within our own solar system. A/2017 U1 caught READ MORE

What Protects Exoplanets from Damaging Solar Flares? Simulating different models to understand which factors affect an exoplanet’s ability to sustain life during high-energy stellar events.

By Alexander Adranly Thanks to NASA’s Kepler Mission, over one-thousand potentially habitable exoplanets have been discovered to-date, orbiting around their respective stars. An exoplanet refers to any planet outside of our solar system. The discoveries of these worlds are a READ MORE

The Sleeping Giant in a Small Town A supermassive black hole, 17 billion times the size of our Sun, was found in a small galaxy

Astronomers have uncovered a supermassive black hole, weighing 17 billion suns, in the middle of nowhere. This nearly record-breaking supermassive black hole is in the center of a small galaxy cluster, which is a small town by universe standards. At READ MORE

Two Black Holes Made a Mega Black Hole! An insight into the size of the gravitational wave as well as the benefit of three detectors

1.76 billion light years away, two black holes smashed into one another, bearing one huge black hole the size of 53 suns. The explosion from this merger created enormous distortions in spacetime, known as gravitational waves. These gravitational ripples have READ MORE