Here's How Large Deposits Of Ice Discovered On Planet Mars Could Benefit Mankind

techtimes.com – Researchers found huge deposits of ice sheets just a few feet beneath the surface of Mars. The discovery can not only help scientists know more about the Red Planet but also address the issue of water availability for future manned missions.

Source: Colin M. Dundas, et al. Exposed subsurface ice sheets in the Martian mid-latitudes. Science, 2018.

Human Fleas and Lice Spread Black Death

the-scientist.com – A new study suggests that the plague, which killed millions of people, was not transmitted by rats.

Source: Katharine R. Dean, et al. Human ectoparasites and the spread of plague in Europe during the Second Pandemic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018.

Tiny scales in ancient lagoon may be the first fossil evidence of the moth-butterfly line

sciencenews.org – Fancy liquid-sipper mouthparts might have evolved before the great burst of flower evolution

Source: Timo J. B. van Eldijk, et al. A Triassic-Jurassic window into the evolution of Lepidoptera. Science Advances, 2018.

A warm-weather plague killed more than half of this endangered species in three weeks

washingtonpost.com – Warm, wet weather triggered the unprecedented die-off of imperiled saiga antelope, scientists say. And climate change may make such conditions even more likely.

Source: Richard A. Kock, et al. Saigas on the brink: Multidisciplinary analysis of the factors influencing mass mortality events. Science Advances, 2018.

4,000-Year-Old Mummies Are Half Brothers, DNA Analysis Shows

livescience.com – Two Egyptian mummies that rested next to each other, side by side, for nearly 4,000 years are not full, but rather half-brothers, finds a new study using advanced DNA sequencing.

Source: Konstantina Drosou, Campbell Price, Terence A. Brown. The kinship of two 12th Dynasty mummies revealed by ancient DNA sequencing. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 2018.

No, the full moon does not cause earthquakes, study finds

cbc.ca – The moon may be the cause of some things that happen on Earth, but earthquakes aren't one of them, a new study suggests.

Source: Susan E. Hough. Do Large (Magnitude ≥8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calendar Year or Lunar Cycle?. Seismological Research Letters, 2018.

China Wants to Use a Laser to Clean Up Space Junk

popularmechanics.com – A new proposal seeks to clean up space junk by blasting it with a high-powered laser.

Source: Quan Wen, et al. Impacts of orbital elements of space-based laser station on small scale space debris removal. Optik - International Journal for Light and Electron Optics, 2018.

Ibuprofen may increase risk of fertility issues in men, study suggests

theguardian.com – High doses of the common painkiller over a long period of time may put men at greater risk of fertility problems and other health issues, research indicates

Source: David Møbjerg Kristensen, et al. Ibuprofen alters human testicular physiology to produce a state of compensated hypogonadism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018.