For a Cooler Climate, Just Add Ice Should scientists attempt to slow climate change by intentionally increasing the size of the Greenland Ice Sheet to reflect sunlight away from the planet?

Should we geoengineer larger ice caps to reflect radiation away from the Earth to cool the climate? Is this a good idea? This article briefly explores these questions, based on the work of Jacob Haqq-Misra of Blue Marble Space Institute of Science.

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

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 Genetic Origins of the Water Bear, Earth’s Most Resilient Organism What are the genetic mechanisms that allow tardigrades to survive such extreme conditions?

No living organism can survive in the dead of space, right? The unlikely exception: water bears. Also known by their scientific name, tardigrades, water bears are incredibly resilient microscopic aquatic animals. There are over 1000 species of the animal, and READ MORE

Choosing a Weapon Against Antibiotic Resistance Just Got Easier A new screening method makes it easier for researchers and clinicians to identify pairs of antibiotics that work better together than alone in curing antibiotic resistant infections.

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and this applies just as well to infectious diseases. Antibiotics have revolutionized medicine and dramatically increased human life expectancy, but we are in the midst of a post-antibiotic era. Many drugs READ MORE

New Study Elaborates on What Aquarium Owners Already Know Aquarium owners know that the right bacteria are critical for a healthy fish tank. But which bacteria are the right ones?

Researchers in Germany and Switzerland used next generation sequencing to study an active aquaponics system. They sampled a biofilm from the side of the tank, the fish excrement, the plant roots, and the inside of the tank filter, called a biofilter.

Pollution from Traffic Can Cause DNA Damage in Children Researchers compared the length of telomeres over the course of a year to see if they shortened with exposure to pollution.

Cars are everywhere. They are essential for our day to day lives, but these vehicles are a double-edged-sword. Cars emit exhaust gases, and those gases contain hydrocarbons. These molecules, as their name suggests, contain both carbon and hydrogen atoms. Hydrocarbons READ MORE

What Could Have Created the Ancient Martian Rivers? Researchers created a new model for climate cycling on early Mars, aiming to explain the soil patterns that have been observed on the planet.

by Larissa L. Cavalcante Blue Marble Space Young Scientist Program Water is essential for life. When searching for life in the universe, the first thing researchers do is “follow the water”. Mars is no exception. Finding evidence of water on Mars READ MORE

How Do Algae Biofuels Compare to Diesel in Real Engines? Scientists put algae biodiesel blends and plain diesel fuel to the test in real engines to compare their efficiency and emissions.

Choosing the right species of algae is one of the most important first steps, they report, as it ultimately impacts the engine’s performance and amount of exhaust emissions.

The Latest Cutting-Edge Water Filtration Technique Was Inspired By Your Kidneys Both scientists and start-ups are excited about using water-filtering proteins called aquaporins to make seawater drinkable.

The latest cutting-edge water filtration technique comes from a biochemistry process that predates even dinosaurs. It involves harnessing aquaporins, a protein in cell membranes which are present in all living things.