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Many experts assert that humanity must branch out to other parts of the solar system to ensure our survival.

However, the effects of reproduction and human development outside of Earth have only just begun to be studied.

There are plenty of obstacles beyond traveling to Mars that we will need to overcome before long-term colonization becomes a possibility, such as terraformingthe planet to make it more livable for us Earthlings.

Further, once a colony is established, the goal would then be to flourish, ensuring the colony’s survival in perpetuity.

At this point, we are stepping into an interesting new branch of human biology, reproduction, and human development outside of Earth.

Even if all of the technology comes together to allow for colonies to be established, biological factors may play a part in hindering the full potential of sustained colonies, and at the very least, this would usher in a new era of human evolution. futurism.com
Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter's poles, until now a largely unexplored region that is more turbulent than scientists expected.

NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather at the top and bottom of Jupiter once it began skimming the cloud tops last year, surprising researchers who assumed the giant gas planet would be relatively boring and uniform down low.

"What we're finding is anything but that is the truth. It's very different, very complex," Juno's chief scientist Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute said Thursday.

With dozens of cyclones hundreds of miles across -- alongside unidentifiable weather systems stretching thousands of miles -- the poles look nothing like Jupiter's equatorial region, instantly recognizable by its stripes and Great Red Spot, a raging hurricane-like storm.

"That's the Jupiter we've all known and grown to love," Bolton said, "And when you look from the pole, it looks totally different ... I don't think anybody would have guessed this is Jupiter."

He calls these first major findings -- published Thursday -- "Earth-shattering. Or should I say, Jupiter-shattering." ctvnews.ca
Estimated to contain $10,000 quadrillion in nickel-iron metal, Psyche's minerals would collapse the global economy of $78 trillion many times over. 

Named after the immortal Greek mythology figure, 16 Psyche is a dusty disc located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Measuring 240 km in diameter, the asteroid earned its claim to fame as the largest exposed iron metal body in the asteroid belt.

Originally announcing to launch the 16 Psyche Discovery Mission in 2023, NASA has fast-tracked the visit to the summer of 2022. If successful in its mission, the space agency will be the first humans to explore a world made of iron. sciencealert.com
ALIEN hunters may be one step closer to finding ET.

Several planets in our very own solar system may host alien life, stargazers have discovered.

The Sun reports Saturn’s moon Enceladus, Jupiter’s moon Europa, Pluto and its moon Charon, as well as the dwarf planet Ceres are potential homes for extraterrestrials, scientists at University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute claim.

It’s all down to a process called radiolysis, which experts believe could breed life across the universe.

All that’s needed is a rocky core and water molecules — something scientists reckon our solar system has plenty of.

The study found that a the rocky cores of some planets and moons emit radiation which break up water molecules and in turn feed microbial life. news.com.au
Researchers have proposed a method for detecting exotic events in physics by looking for the scars they leave behind on the fabric of space.

By identifying how objects like cosmic strings or evaporating black holes leave behind memories of their existence on the Universe, it might be possible to move some rather strange phenomena from theoretical to empirical science.

It all comes down to an effect of general relativity called gravitational-wave memory, which is the distortion left behind as space is stretched and relaxed by a massive object.

According to general relativity, technically anything with mass can cause the virtual emptiness of space to distort around it. sciencealert.com
The strangest star in the Universe has suddenly kicked into gear again, with researchers reporting that its light has started dimming in bizarre ways - just like it did two years ago when it baffled scientists with its irregular light emissions. 

This time around, we get to watch the investigation in action, because over the weekend, astronomers started freaking out on Twitter, telling everyone with a telescope big enough to train in on the star and help them figure out what's actually going on here.

"As far as I can tell, every telescope that can look at it right now is looking at it right now," astronomer Matt Muterspaugh from Tennessee State University told Loren Grush at The Verge.

First discovered in 2009, the 'alien megastructure' star - known officially as KIC 8462852, or Tabby's star - is located about 1,500 light-years away, between the Cygnus and Lyra constellations of the Milky Way galaxy. 

In late 2015, a team of astronomers led by Tabetha Boyajian from Yale University noticed something peculiar - a strange pattern of light surrounding the star that to this day, no one's been able to explain.  sciencealert.com