This Week In Science – November 23, 2017

redditlinkInterstellar object confirmed to be from another solar system

Interstellar Object Confirmed to be from Another Solar System

The object is around 400 meters long, red in color, and absorbs 96% of the light on it.  Researchers believe it might contain the building blocks to starting life, and a similar asteroid is what created life on our planet.
M. Kornmesser/AFP/Getty Images

redditlinkWorld's first human head transplant a success, controversial scientist claims

World’s First Human Head Transplant a Success, Scientist Claims

The controversial scientist claims the transplant was carried out on a corpse in china.  It was a 18 hour long operation and they successfully reconnected the spine, nerves, and blood vessels.
Jeff J Mitchell/Gett

redditlinkNeanderthals survived at least 3,000 years longer than we thought in Southern Iberia

Neanderthals Survived at least 3,000 Years Longer than Previously Thought

Researchers discovered evidence of Neanderthal materials dating back 37,000 years ago in Southern Iberia (Spain).  It was originally believed Neanderthals died out around 34,000 years ago.
wonderopolis

redditlinkCRISPR muscle boosting gene therapy at few thousand dollars per year will go mainstream

CRISPR Muscle Boosting Gene Therapy to go Mainstream

The gene therapy is expected to cost a few thousand dollars a year.  This therapy also is claimed to be more powerful than steroids, but many believe there is a very low chance of this working based on current understandings of the technology.
Benoit

redditlinkGalapagos finches caught in act of becoming new species

Galapagos Finches Caught in act of Becoming New Species

This is the first time that scientists have witness a new species arise.  Over 40 years ago scientists first noticed a non-native finch species mating with females on the island.
Jeff Podos

redditlinkNASA's discovery of water on Mars was actually just sand

NASA’s Discovery of Flowing Water on Mars was Actually just Sand

This does not mean there is no water or flowing water on mars, but a previously believed spot of flowing water was sand.  NASA is still looking for evidence of flowing water on the red planet.
nationalgeographic

redditlinkAging research specialists have identified, for the first time, a form of mental exercise that can reduce the risk of dementia

Researcher have Identified a Mental Exercise that Reduces the Risk of Dementia

Researchers found the reduction is done by a type of “speed training” software.  A company called Posit Science has created a version of this speed training software called “Double Decision”.
Posit Science

redditlinkA Russian Billionaire is Moving Forward with His Plan to Beat NASA in Finding Alien Life

A Russian Billionaire is Moving Forward with His Plan to Beat NASA in Finding Alien Life

The Russian billionaire is sending a probe to Enceladus in hopes of finding alien life.  He has previously spent $100 million on a plan to launch probes to Alpha Centauri.
NASA

redditlinkSuper recognizers, who have an uncanny ability to recognize faces, pay greater attention to the nose than other people

Super Recognizers Pay Greater Attention to the Nose than Other People

Super Recognizers are people who have an uncanny ability to recognize faces.  It is less the nose being important, but being the center of a persons face so it is fixated the most.
GeoBeats News

redditlinkStudy Finds that Fatty Acids Released into the Air from Cooking with Deep Fryers may Help Form Clouds that Limit Global Warming

Study Finds that Fatty Acids Released into the Air from Cooking with Deep Fryers may Help Form Clouds that Limit Global Warming

Researchers do not believe this is a way to Geo-engineer a tool to reduce global warming.
Big Easy Oil Less Fryer