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Exoplanet "From Hell" Just Discovered
Rains Liquid Molten Iron
Source: Image of Planet Raining Molten Iron
Exoplanet WASP-76 B
Some scientists are calling WASP-76 B the exoplanet from Hell. It was just discovered in another solar system and is therefore an exoplanet. The exoplanet is so exotic that even the weather conditions are extremely bizarre. On WASP-76 B it's usually cloudy with a chance of rain. But the rain drops are hot liquid molten iron that are boiling hot. European scientists and astronomers just spotted it using the planet hunting instrument EXPRESSO on a huge international telescope based in Chile. The weather conditions on this exoplanet are so severe there is molten iron rain! It's a unique finding in the Universe. And despite the extremely harsh environment, you have to wonder about the value of the mineral deposits on such a far away frontier in space.
Ultra Hot Gas Giant 640 Light Years From Earth
This very hot exoplanet is 640 light years away from the Earth. And, it's a big one. Twice the size of Jupiter which is our solar system's biggest planet. WASP-76 B is one of the most extreme exoplanets ever discovered in terms of climate and chemistry. It's part of a family of exoplanets, discovered in recent years, called "Ultra-Hot Gas Giants".
Scorched By the Sun
The exoplanet receives 4,000 times the solar radiation than we do on Earth. The "sunny side" of the planet heats to 4,350 degrees F which vaporizes any metals present. Strong winds carry the iron vapor to the exoplanet's cooler side where it condenses into liquid iron rain. Scientists from the University of Geneva are leading this exploration. They think WASP-76 B provides a unique living platform to test climate models and to understand extreme atmospheric evolution.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…