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The Mysteries Of Pluto

The success of the New Verizons Probe’s Pluto flyby has already provided us with more information about the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon, than in the past 85 years. “From what we’ve seen so far, at least one thing is for sure, we’re going to have to completely change the way we think about planetary geology,” says Reid Reimers. He divulges the details in this edition of SciShow Space.

Chasing Eternal Youth

Aging isn’t as universally a fact of life as we think. Naked mole rats, lobsters and rock fish, for instance, seem to stay forever young, or at least middle-aged. Says Henry Reich of Minute Earth, “Their anti-aging secret may have to do with their ability to rebuild the DNA caps on their chromosones. These caps, called telomeres, are one line of defense in many species.” But all these critters, including humans of course, will ultimately meet their end, because it’s possible to be immune to aging but not to death.

Eating GMOs Perfectly Healthy

GMOs–genetically modified organisms–are everywhere in the universe, but are they bad for us? “They aren’t,” Hank Green says resolutely. “They just aren’t, not intrinsically, and certainly not for your health.” Green explains we’ve been eating GMOs for decades with no ill effects as he further elaborates on the process in this edition of SciShow.

Extraterrestrial Land Grab

While space probes make gigantic strides in gathering interstellar data, it’s only a matter of time before humans begin migrating to other extraterestrial planets and moons, including our own. So that begs the question, Who owns these planets and moons? Believe it or not, there is an official compact addressing this very issue called the Outer Space Treaty. Says Michael Sevens of Vsauce, “One-hundred, twenty-nine nations have signed or ratified the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which says outer space is not subject to national appropriation. It says nothing about a private individual or a company owning part of outer space.” Steven delves into the details and documents in this edition of Vsauce.

Questions Left Unanswered

In 1920, legendary poet Robert Frost once asked in one of his works whether the world will end in fire or ice? Nearly 100 years later, physicists still can’t answer this question,although many theories abound. This is one of 10 mysterious questions that the planet’s most brilliant minds still quarrel over. Check out nine other scenarios in this edition of Top 10 Archive.

How to Upload Your Brain

SciShow’s Hank Green tells us that uploading our brains might one day let us cheat death. Create an expanded lifetime, so to speak. The technology is a long way off, but researchers continue to close the gap. Green explains.

The Planet X Cover-Up

In 1983, scientists discovered a mysterious, planet-sized object at the edge of the solar system, menacingly moving toward Earth. Shortly thereafter, NASA denied the claim, only saying that its powerful telescopes and satellites had not detected any such object. The prevailing notion is the since-tagged Planet X is the cataclysmic object that may well end humanity as we know it, thus the silence of the government. Are we experiencing a major cover-up, or were the scientists mistaken. Watch the presentation by Alltime Conspiracies and judge for yourself.

Are We Really 99% Chimp?

Are we really 99 percent chimp? Science tells us there are similarities in our tangled genetic make-up, but there are plenty of mismatches, too. “We share 99 percent of our DNA with chimps if we ignore 19 percent of their genome and 25 percent of ours,” Emily Elert says. She sorts the numbers in this edition of Minute Earth.

Where’s Our Future Technology?

Don’t expect time travel, aka teleporting, to be commonplace anytime soon. Think about how man went from flying across the ocean to landing a man on the moon in 50 years. Since that historic event in 1969, technology hasn’t exactly stayed afloat with our creative minds. Still no flying cars, teleporting from Earth to Mars or zipping through a wormhole. Vsauce2 host Kevin Lieber explains that there are a few problems still to be worked out.

Hope Alive For Cancer Cure

After billions of dollars and years of research, why haven’t we found a cure for cancer? SciShow host Hank Green opines, “If every tumor worked the same, we would probably by now have that magic bullet that we need. The trouble is, cancers may look the same on the outside but each one develops differently in their own way and can originate in any type of tissue.” But Green says there’s still hope for progress beyond the traditional chemotherapy and radiation methods.

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