Firstly, I want to apologise for the radio silence on my blog when I was just getting it going but unfortunately life happens and mine hasn’t been the best this past month or so. Within weeks of each other, I started a new job (to help with funds while I’m at uni), had deadlines, had to get quite serious eye surgery (therefore stay away from screens etc. for a time), and now I’m back in the midst of deadlines and my next exam period. Safe to say I haven’t been feeling fantastic recently.
This blog is a chance for me to unwind from the stresses of all that (should really be revising though) so I wanted to get something up so here goes…
What’s Up Science? will be a regular feature on the blog just to summarise what’s been grabbing my attention in the media.
- “DNA of extinct humans found in caves” – BBC News
A team of researchers from Germany set out to discover new ways to obtain ancient human DNA, as skeletal remains in prehistoric archaeological sites are very rare – in comparison to man-made artefacts. Their results in Science describe the presence of hominin DNA where no hominin remains have ever been found. I find this fascinating and it has been heralded a major breakthrough. The results will give light to our genetic history of these hominin groups but the techniques used may some day become routine in excavation too – opening the door to a whole range of results previously unknown to us.
2. “Cassini radio signal from Saturn picked up after dive” – BBC News
YAY! Cassini survived. I’m no expert on space but I’m a big lover so news like this thrills me. So Cassini was planned to dive between Saturn’s rings to provide data on surface features currently unknown or hypothesised. This was the first of 22 planned dives and I’m so excited to see the images it provides. If you’re interested in finding out more about Cassini and keeping up to date with the mission, keep your eyes peeled here.
Only a couple this week but if I’m honest, I just haven’t had the time to read anything unrelated to my uni work recently since my surgery has left me a bit behind in my schedule of getting work done.
Let me know what you’ve found interesting in the news recently down in the comments.
Until next time,
There’s Something About Science.