It is cheap, it is very easy to grow, it is nutritious and filling. Could potatoes be the answer to world hunger? Or the future rootcrop of human colonies that will live in Mars? Well, the answer might be yes.
In a bid to provide food security amidst diminishing land area for agriculture, as well as the possibility of farming in Mars for future human colonies there; NASA is collaborating with the Peru-based International Potato Center (CIP) to grow potatoes on the Red Planet.
Can potatoes from Mars soon be a reality?
The first part of the project aims to grow the said rootcrop in conditions similar to Martian soil. The soil from Peru’s Pampas de la Hoya desert is a good candidate with its similarity to the arid soil of Mars. The crops will also be subjected to conditions mimicking the Red Planet’s atmosphere. Development of fertilizers that will induce the growth in another planet’s soil is also being looked into by CIP and NASA.
According to CIP Head of Communications Joel Ranck,
“How better to learn about climate change than by growing crops on a planet that died two billion years ago? We need people to understand that if we can grow potatoes in extreme conditions like those on Mars, we can save lives on Earth.”
If the project is successful, this can be a very important solution to the pressing problem of global food security especially in war-torn areas or areas affected by famine. It can also mean that humans are one step closer in a mission to colonize the Red Planet, by having potato farming domes, and eventually other rootcrops as well.
Well this experiment sure is exciting and we can only hope that consuming potatoes grown on Mars won’t have any side effects for us humans in the future!
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Unseen Video of Miss Universe 2015. Ms. Philippines Snobbed and Shunned Away!
More Controversies surrounf Miss Universe 2015: Miss Philippines shunned by fellow contestants, and Ms. Germany saying ” I am not happy with the results. None of us voted for Philippines”
The controversies surrounding the recently concluded Miss Universe 2015 last Sunday in Las Vegas has not yet died down. The pageant host, Steve Harvey already issued multiple Facebook posts and tweets online apologizing to everybody for the mix up in announcing the results. However, those apologies don't seem enough as relationships between the girls have been tarnished.
After the incident, netizens had varying reactions some of which took to humor and jokes such as creating memes pertaining to the event. Others were joyous that their bet Ms. Philippines actually won the crown, while others expressed unhappiness over the mix-up. Such is the case in this footage taken by Missosology, a Facebook page dedicated to pageantries.
Watch how the other contestants ignored Ms. Philippines Pia Wurtzbach
In the video, it can be seen that Ms. Philippines tried to approach Ms. Colombia who was surrounded by her friends. When she came nearer, some of the contestants snobbed her and shook their head in disapproval such as Ms. Venezuela and Ms. Montenegro. If listened closely, it can be heard that some of the girls even told her "Philippines, just step back please" and ushered her away.
Cruise ship Anchor Destroys Ancient Coral Reef in Cayman Islands
In a matter of seconds, the cruise ship destroyed a valuable coral reef that took more than a thousand years to grow.
Coral reefs are essential both to humans and marine species. According to the World Wildlife Fund, coral reefs serve as nurseries and shelters to almost a quarter of our ocean’s fish---a vital source of food and income for people. Additionally, they help break waves when hurricanes and tsunamis occur; thus, preventing floods and coastal erosion. These are just some of the benefits we reap from coral reefs; however, due to our reckless and exploitative practices, we are also responsible for their destruction.
On Tuesday, a diving instructor named Scott Prodahl decided to investigate when he noticed that the Pullmantur Zenith cruise ship anchored near an ancient coral reef off the Cayman Islands.
“Bottled Air” Sold Out in China Due to Extreme Smog Crisis
In China, breathing fresh air is no longer free! You have to buy “bottled air”!
For most of us, breathing air is still one of the free privileges we can enjoy, especially if we are living in the countryside. But in some parts of China such as Beijing, breathing fresh, clean air now literally comes with a price.
Some places in China are suffering from an extremely thick blanket of smog (a combination of smoke and fog). Beijing reported a red level alert for its smog crisis on December 8, and then Shanghai reporting the same last December 15, 2015.
A man in Beijing wearing teargas mask as protection from the hazardous thick smog.
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