Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…
First, scientists grew vegetable and cereal plants in soil that was formulated to resemble the soil of Mars, and found that the crops were safe to eat did not have dangerous levels of heavy metals. This raises hopes for future colonization of Mars. Read more from Phys.org here.
Second, scientists have discovered that a gas field in Tanzania contains over six times the world’s current supply of Helium, so we may not run out of the element, which has important medical and industrial applications, as soon as we thought. Read more from Wired here.
Third, a newly discovered species of tarantula has a unique defense mechanism. Rather than launching barbed utricating hairs at attackers like other tarantulas, the new species makes contact with its enemy and jabs the hairs in directly. Read more from the New York Times here.