WHEN HUMANS ARE finally ready to relocate civilization to Mars, they won’t be able to do it alone.
Ten years ago this year, Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, a whopper of a law conceived at the onset of an era of rapid advancement in genetics. It was intended to protect Americans from all the ways their genetic information might one day be used against them. More commonly known as GINA, the law has plenty of flaws and loopholes, for which it has gotten a fair amount of flack. But GINA also created new rights for citizens when it comes to their DNA. And one of those was giving them access to it.
Parts of the Northeast are getting hammered by frigid temperatures right now, just 24 hours after a winter storm dropped a blanket of snow across several states. Near Boston, some people awoke Friday and found the storm had consumed their cars with ice.
Our Milky Way galaxy isn’t alone in this corner of space—it’s orbited by a few smaller dwarf galaxies, including the Large Magellanic Cloud. Inside that cloud is 30 Doradus (or the Tarantula Nebula), a “starburst” where stars are formed at a much higher rate than the surrounding area. And 30 Doradus has too many massive stars.