Weird things are happening on our favorite red planet.
Happening in the World (or outside of it!): The Curiosity rover has found fluctuations in the amount of oxygen in Mars’ atmosphere cannot be explained by current scientific understanding, rising by as much as 30% in the spring and summer. Scientists think that chemical processes in the surface soil could be causing this phenomenon, and look to Martian experts to help determine the underlying cause. (CNN)
Happening in the U.S.: The Trump administration is preparing a new draft of the Environmental Protection Agency proposal that would require scientists to disclose all raw data before the agency could verify conclusions. This would significantly limit the government’s usage of scientific research when determining health regulations, weakening the scientific underpinnings of policy-making. (Washington Post)
Happening in New York: MTA is hoping for the OMNY system, which allows subway riders to tap their smartphones or credit cards for entry, to be installed at every station by the end of 2020. MetroCards are expected to be fully replaced by 2023. (NBC)
Happening on Campus: Pre-med and worried about what to do this summer? Not pre-med, but want some motivation (and an upgraded inferiority complex) to fuel your daily grind? Head over to Lerner Hall at 6 p.m. for the Pre-med Summer Opportunities Panel and learn how to start your search for summer opportunities, get tips from the Office of Preprofessional Advising, and hear about other pre-med students’ summer experiences. RVSP here.
smooth extraterrestrial ground via Bwog Archives