Crystals of the Naica cave

At a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute Penelope Boston announced the discovery of microorganisms in the Naica cave in Mexico, also known as the Cave of the Crystals because of the enormous gypsum crystals in which the bacteria were found. Those might be unique extremophile bacteria that adapted to the conditions existing in the cave.

A screenshot from the "Backyard Worlds: Planet 9" website

The new “Backyard Worlds: Planet 9” initiative by NASA and various American institutions along with the Zooniverse platform was announced to allow anyone connected to the Internet to participate in the search for the ninth planet of the solar system. You can connect to the project’s website, examine images captured by the WISE space telescope and report any moving objects.

City at the End of Time by Greg Bear

The novel “City at the End of Time” by Greg Bear was published for the first time in 2008.

Ginny, Jack and Daniel are apparently normal persons but what could seem dreams are actually connections with a future so remote that the universe is completely different. Yet even in a hundred trillion years there are human beings, the result of a series of humanity’s rises and falls.

Jebrassy, ​​who wants to be a warrior, and Taidba, an explorer, live in this very remote future. Their connection to Ginny, Jack and Daniel involves all of them in the events that threaten the destruction of the universe. Is it possible to save those future humans from the strange entity that is destroying the universe?

The Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE project announced the 21 teams that will participate in its semi-finals among the 32 that signed up to competition by the end of September 2016. The initiative was announced in December 2015 by Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of XPRIZE in order to support the development of ocean exploration technologies. The first round of tests for the semifinalists is scheduled for August-September 2017.

LeVar Burton in 2014

Levardis Robert Martyn “LeVar” Burton Jr. was born on February 16, 1957 in Landstuhl, in the then West Germany, where his parents worked. He’s famous especially for his role as young Kunta Kinte in the original version of “Roots” and as Geordi La Forge in the TV show “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, a role he played in some movies of the saga as well. He’s also a TV director and a producer.