Get ready for more amazing pictures from space. The James Webb telescope will launch this December. This telescope was first conceived three decades ago. It was conceived as a telescope to capture light from the first galaxies, but now scientists are trying for more. They are hoping to use the telescope to look for signs of life on distant planets by looking for certain gases in the atmosphere.
In design news, scientists looked to maple seeds for inspiration for these tiny fliers. Add a sensor and these fliers may be able to study environmental conditions in a brand new way. Even better, they are looking at ways these fliers could be made biodegradable, so they can float away and biodegrade when they land.
There were two cool fossil finds recently. Some really cool dinosaur discoveries have come from South America in recent years, and this Rhamphorhynchoid is another amazing find. These were from a family of small Jurassic fliers. This is the first time one of these “flying dragons,” as they are otherwise known, has been found south of the equator.
There was another amazing fossil find south of the equator. This one was discovered in New Zealand, and the coolest part is that it was discovered by kids on a field trip with their Nature Club. They discovered a new species of penguins, one that would have stood about the same height as the kids who found it – 1.3 meters or 4.5 feet. This species probably lived about 30 million years ago.