News briefs – September 18, 2012
Alisha Drumm/Sun Star Reporter
September 18, 2012
New Species of Monkey Found in Congo
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, researchers discovered a new species of monkeys that live in the remote forests of the Congo. The species has been named Cercopithecus Lomamiensis or Lesula. Lesula is only the second known discovery of a new mokey species in the past 28 years. The Lesula was first discovered when researchers made a scheduled stop in Opala, and found this strange looking monkey being kept as a young girls pet. Researchers spent three years researching the Lesula’s genetic makeup to other monkeys. The final data supports the theory that the Lesula is in fact a new species of monkey. Some of the monkeys characteristics are large, almost human like eyes, a pink face, golden mane, and being timid creatures. Researchers claim that the discovery of this animal is proof that there is still much to learn about the world and what inhibits it, and hope that this will inspire a newfound effort to preserve Africa’s pristine forests.
Will Mars Be Our Future Home?
NASA scientists, astronomers, and civilians alike are asking the question if humans will one day be able to walk upon mars and be prosperous. NASA Chief Charles Bolden emphasizes “the critical importance of Curiosity, because it’s not the first, but it’s the most critical, the largest mission, that’s a precursor for putting humans on Mars.” It is predicted that the first manned visits could occur around 2035, and the first outposts could occur after 2060. Although many are in favor of this endeavor, many are not because of the harsh living conditions. On an average day on Mars temperatures could range from freezing during the day, to minus 103 degrees Fahrenheit during the night. Aside from this, the carbon dioxide atmosphere is so minuscule on Mars, it would be considered a vacuum on earth. Additionally, a six month stay on Mars would give off as much radiation to equal about 240 chest X-rays. Even with all of the risks, many are still passionately for the voyage; “I think there will be good circumstantial evidence that people will be able to tolerate a Mars mission when the time comes,” said space psychologist Nick Kanas of the University of California-San Francisco. Whether or not this will actually happen, will only be answered in time.
Regenerative Medicine Helps Rebuild Wounded Warriors
A recent experimental treatment from the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, has found a way to regenerate wounded soldiers muscles. Ron Strang, a former marine sergeant who suffered trauma to his left thigh from an explosion in Afghanistan, was one of the first individuals to receive this experimental treatment. After the accident, Strang underwent more than a dozen surgeries and skin grafts. However, he was still only able to walk with the use of cane or walker. After this experimental treatment, however, Strang progressively became stronger and stronger, soon being able to walk, and even run without help. The procedure uses pig tissue stripped of cells, which is implanted in the soldier’s thigh. The tissue is called extracellular matrix, and acts as a “cell-scavenging scaffold” that tricks the bodies natural stem cells to start regenerating muscle. This treatment has helped countless soldiers get back the limbs that were injured in the war. “It’s really amazing that you can take stuff and make bones and muscle, grow ears and organs,” said Strang, adding that he’s glad scientists have his back. “It definitely makes me happy that they’re looking out for us in that way. And they’re just getting started. There’s so much more they can do.”