Science in the News for the Week of December 6

This week at the Okanagan Science Centre,  a series of prints depicting the geological time scale was donated to the science centre. It is an incredible collection and if you have an interest in paleontology and knowledge of the different eras, we would love to add some content to the image gallery from an expert point of view.

Top 5 Science in the news for the week of December 6

1. This week, research published from a team of paleontologists from Australia and the United Kingdom has found that ancient deep-sea creatures called radiodonts developed sophisticated eyes over 500 million years ago (Cambrian period). The Emu Bay Shale region has been key to their research in that the lens of the eyes have been preserved. The full article can be found here.

2. How big is a proton? These seems like a pretty basic question, but with new research and measuring methods, it is up for debate. In an updated article on Wired, physicists are getting closer to understanding the true size of a proton.

3. Jupiter and Saturn will come within 0.1 degrees of each other, forming the first visible "double planet" in 800 years. Explained in a CBC news article, the planets tend to get cozy every 20 years due to their orbits, however this will be the closest since medieval times.

4. Radish crop is ready...on the International Space Station. In an article published on CTV news, a healthy crop of radishes join the list of vegetables to be grown in zero gravity. Radishes make a great crop for healthy eating as they take little maintenance and less than 30 days to grow. They are rich in antioxidants and help reduce high blood pressure. Bring on the radishes!

and wrapping up top 5 this week, my personal favorite

5. Winner of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge was announced last week and Maryam Tsegaye, 17, of Fort McMurray, Canada, holds the highly coveted title. Breakthrough Junior Challenge, is a global science video competition designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental concepts in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics. Maryam is the first Canadian to win. You can read the full article and watch her video on Quantum Tunneling here.