On the day that I was born--winter solstice, 1959--a headline in Life magazine proclaimed "Target Venus: There May be Life There!" It told of how scientists rode a balloon to an altitude of 80,000 feet to make telescope observations of Venus's atmosphere, and how their discovery of water raised hopes that there could be living things there. As a kid I thrilled to tales of undersea adventure with telepathic Venusian frogs in Isaac Asimov's juvenile science-fiction novel Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus. In 1975, when I was 15, a family friend--a planetary scientist--gave me a picture of the first-ever photograph taken from the surface of another planet: Venus. The Soviet Venera 9 probe had sent back a black-and-white image of a landscape with angular rocks and fine-grained dirt.
A new fertility technique allows doctors to replace defective DNA found within a mother's egg with the DNA from another female donor. The result is a baby born with the DNA of two mothers. The first three-parent baby may potentially be born around Christmas of 2017. A new fertility technique allows doctors to replace defective DNA found within a mother's egg with the DNA Scientists will discover the truth behind "dark matter" Dark matter, a mysterious type of matter that makes up a little more than a quarter of the universe, is several experiments away from being detected. Dr. Katherine Freese, an expert in the field of dark matter, says 2017 may be the year "the 80-year-old dark matter puzzle will finally be solved."
NASA wants to collect more asteroid material than ever, and they're looking for help to do it. NASA sees your disdain for its plan to capture part of an asteroid and drag it into orbit around the moon, but you know what? It's neat, and the agency is going to do it anyway. And it wants help from private companies to do it. In a strange pre-announcement, NASA today said that in the "near future," it will release the Asteroid Redirect Mission Umbrella for Partnerships (ARM-UP) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
Research funded by the National Science Foundation may have found an ingenious solution to poaching: applying game theory and computer science to real-life situations. One of the biggest factors in why there are so many endangered animals today is poaching – a centuries-old problem. The dwindling tiger population is one of the most glaring examples of this. Whether for sport, medicine, pelts or other body parts, poaching remains a huge threat to wildlife. Patrols have long been the most direct form of human intervention in wildlife protection.
Over the last few decades, globalization has created great wealth and brought millions out of poverty. Today, a combination of technology, politics, and social pressures seems to be reversing globalization. While the new technology will continue to create wealth, it will favor developed countries. The increasing regionalization of economies and differences in rates of growth will create instability and challenge international security arrangements. The Economist defines globalization as the "global integration of the movement of goods, capital and jobs." The combination of labor cost advantages, efficient freight systems, and trade agreements fueled globalization by providing regional cost advantages for manufacturing. Over the last six decades, it transformed agricultural societies into industrial powerhouses.