Onboard the Space Station at the End of the World

Plus: News about the Milky Way's black hole, NASA Hubble's exoplanet breakthrough, a robot that can jump nine stories, Webb's newest major milestone, warming oceans threatening a dinosaur-like extinction and much more! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
                                                                                                                                                                               
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Hello friends,

If you’ve been following this email for some time, you might remember that our science editor, Jackson Ryan, traveled to Antarctica just a few months ago. And, well, when he returned, he brought back a wealth of spectacular new stories that’ll add a bit of mystery; a bit of adventure to your week.

First off, at the link above, you can read about scientists’ ambitious experiment to drill into the Antarctic ice sheet and find something like a time capsule hidden beneath the continent. While reading, the visceral imagery really makes you feel like you’re there. “It’s like being in space, with the colors inverted,” is among my favorite lines.

You can also check out another icy tale about traveling on a ship to the “end of the world,” linked below. Keep an eye out for more in the coming days, too.

Our top story below, from writer Mary King, explores of the deep intricacies, and unfair stereotypes, of autism. As April was Autism Acceptance Month in the US, where more than 1 out of 50 adults have autism, this piece offers a timely, first-hand reminder of how important it is to support people with autism and how vital it is to do so by simply listening to them.

Also linked throughout this email, you can find the scoop on astronomers latest “groundbreaking result” tease regarding the Milky Way’s hypothesized black hole (hint, hint), Hubble’s newest breakthrough in exoplanet research and a fascinating new theory that suggests there’s much more water on the moon than once thought. Like, a lot.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope also hit a pretty big milestone, having sent back super crisp, beautiful pictures of a nearby galaxy and there’s now a robot that can leap nine stories in a single jump. Nine. Stories. And before heading to the mail, a quick climate change update suggests that warming oceans are pushing marine life toward a dinosaur-like extinction. But, there’s a way to stop it.

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CNET Reader asks: Can aphantasiacs dream?

Hello there, that’s actually great question that some scientists are still trying to figure out. From self-reported aphantasiacs, some say they can’t dream and others say they can. Likewise, some say they can “relive” memories while others say they can only remember a list of facts. There have been studies, still, to suggest that aphantasiacs retain the capacity to experience “rich, visual dreams.” However, personally, I think this question is going to remain unanswered until we find some sort of objective way to peer into a person’s mind. In a sense, we can’t access the dreams of other people so we don’t know what a “rich, visual” dream is for them. In fact, that’s why the new study about aphantasia you’re probably referring to is a big deal — it’s perhaps the first biological measure to prove aphantasia is a real phenomenon at all. Maybe it can open doors into other questions like yours about dreaming!

Thanks for the Q!

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Enim scientia et astra!

Best of wishes,
Monisha
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