This week's science news is filled with surprises and concerns. A former Mexican journalist displayed two supposed "alien corpses" to the Mexican Congress, leading to NASA urging the Mexican government to provide samples from these bodies for research. Meanwhile, scientists in Tokyo discovered Oxygen-28.
Forget this week; this entire year has been brimming with alien drama. Only a couple of months after the US Congress held a hearing on concealed evidence of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP), also known as UFOs, Mexican journalist and 'ufologist' Jaime Maussan presented two "non-human" corpses in front of the Mexican Congress.
These supposed "alien corpses" were discovered in Cusco, Peru, and are believed to be over a millennium old.
These mummified remains were showcased separately within glass enclosures during Maussan's sworn testimony. He asserted that these specimens were undergoing examination at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM), where researchers determined that they do not align with "terrestrial evolution."
Furthermore, Maussan disclosed that these two cadavers were unearthed at a diatom (algae) mine in Peru. UNAM scientists employed radiocarbon dating to extract DNA samples from the cadavers.
On the other hand, NASA held a special press conference to share findings from their year-long investigation into UAPs. The factor that raised eyebrows about this investigation is its cost of $100,000.
The full report by the unidentified anomalous phenomena report (UAP) independent study team can be found here: https://t.co/RoY8p9ce5l— NASA (@NASA) September 14, 2023
Based on the team's recommendations, NASA will appoint a director of UAP research. At 10am ET (1400 UTC), we'll livestream a briefing from…
However, NASA was unable to find any evidence to prove that these UAPs are of extraterrestrial origin, nor could they determine their true nature.
When asked about the two "alien corpses" shown to the Mexican Congress, NASA urged the Mexican government to provide samples from the bodies for research purposes.
Scientists have finally discovered the missing piece in the puzzle of nuclear force theories throughout history. Using a sophisticated particle accelerator, scientists have made an unprecedented discovery by identifying an elusive form of oxygen known as oxygen-28.
Initially expected to exhibit stability due to its configuration of eight protons and 20 neutrons (considered "magic" numbers for nuclear stability), oxygen-28 surprised researchers with its fleeting existence.
Previous observations, reported in the August 31 issue of Nature, reveal that oxygen-28 nuclei disintegrate within a zeptosecond, an astonishingly brief period of time.
The discovery of oxygen-28 required a combination of sheer force and refined experimentation. Physicist Yosuke Kondo and a team from the Tokyo Institute of Technology employed a particle accelerator to collide calcium-48 atoms with a beryllium target, resulting in the fragmentation of calcium-48 atoms into lighter isotopes, including fluorine-29. Subsequently, subjecting fluorine-29 to a liquid hydrogen target caused the ejection of a single proton, yielding oxygen-28.
Ever since the news broke about Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal assisting a child named Kanav in obtaining a costly drug to treat his spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), many people have been left wondering about the disease and its nature.
On September 12, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with 18-month-old Kanav's family. Kanav has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a rare genetic disorder.
दिल्ली के डेढ़ साल के कनव को जन्म से ही SMA नाम की गंभीर बीमारी है। देश में अब तक ऐसे कुल 9 मामले ही हैं। इस बच्चे को 17.5 करोड़ का इंजेक्शन लगना था जो अमेरिका से आना था।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 12, 2023
इस छोटे बच्चे को एक नई ज़िंदगी देने के लिए हमारे सांसद संजीव अरोड़ा जी और संजय सिंह जी के प्रयासों और जनता… pic.twitter.com/m8bkrffDt1
SMA is a condition that affects motor neurons in the spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness in the central body area. This can cause the development of spinal curves and mobility issues. SMA results in muscle weakening and atrophy due to impaired nerve signaling.
This disease primarily affects young infants, with early-onset SMA associated with worse outcomes, while later onset often has a better prognosis.
Recently, Science Advances published a detailed study that raised a very concerning alarm for planet Earth. According to this study, Earth has reportedly breached six out of the existing nine planetary boundaries, with human-generated pollution being a significant factor.
MAJOR UPDATE: All planetary boundaries are assessed, and six are crossed.— Stockholm Resilience Centre (@sthlmresilience) September 13, 2023
For the first time ever, scientists have quantified all nine planetary boundaries. Six of them are already transgressed and we are increasing pressure on the others.
Read more: https://t.co/QkDpxH2BOl pic.twitter.com/57Zhz6ZizZ
The nine planetary boundaries are frameworks established by scientists to gauge Earth's capacity to sustain itself without being adversely affected by human activities. These boundaries include:
Stratospheric ozone depletion
Atmospheric aerosol loading
Land system change
The introduction of novel entities
Breaching these boundaries increases the potential for significant, sudden, or permanent environmental shifts, which may not occur immediately but collectively signify a crucial point where risks to both humanity and the ecosystems we depend on intensify.
According to the study published by Science Advances, the six boundaries that Earth has breached are: