What’s Making News In Science Today

Posted Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 11:28 am GMT -4 by

In this week’s Science news, we find that Krakens are real, Earth Two is real and Spacebook is not another social media source. Here are some of the topics making news in the world of Science:

Kraken (footage) to be released. If you, too, watched Clash of the Titans when you were young, this is probably your worst fear come true. Japan’s National Science Museum has some of the first footage (besides the 1981’s Clash of the Titans, of course) of a giant squid that scientists say could have been 26 feet long had it not been missing two appendages (due to pirates, I like to think.) The Discovery Channel describes the kraken as having “razor-toothed suckers and eyes the size of dinner plates.” Discovery has announced that the footage will be aired on January 27, 2013.

Spacebook – No, parents, Spacebook is not the online computer where you think your children are wasting their time. It’s actually a new iPhone and IPad app that lets you see a bunch of high resolution images from the Milky Way. According to its description, you can “explore humanity’s knowledge of the Universe with ease.” However, it’s also a great app to use when you’re pretending to be busy.

Earth 2 is Real. Also Earth 3 Though 17 Billion Are Real. Today at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, scientist Francois Fressin presented his astronomical estimate that the Milky Way may have 17 billion planets that are Earth-sized. ABC News is saying that this study is probably one of the first reliable counts of how many Earth-sized planets exist outside our solar system. Though 17 billion may feel like a lot, it actually gives astronomers a good start into finding planets that may be habitable. So, I suppose astronomers are looking for other planets with Target stores on them! Zing! Am I right, folks?!?!?!? No? Should I shut up now? Okay.

Amateur Astronomers Find Even More Planets. So many planets!  Voice of America is reporting that 15 objects orbiting distant stars were discovered by Planethunters volunteer astronomers. These 15 objects are exoplanets that may be capable of supporting life because their overall temperatures can likely support the existence of liquid water. If by “liquid water” you mean “Target Stores”…  Okay, I’ll for real shut up now.