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Can we really colonize Mars?

Contrary to the scare that comes along with the thought that aliens might be interested in visiting our planet, humans, as a race, are quite enthusiastic when it comes to possibilities of inhabiting other planets in our solar system.  Whether we are eager to do this, in the name of science, or probably to quench our age old traits of conquering newer lands (something that is no longer an option on Earth), is matter of debate. But since, most people agree to this thought of colonizing other planets, we thought we could scientifically discuss, whether this was really possible. 
First and foremost, where do we go? 
Before we can decide what we would really need on this campaign for colonization, we need to first decide, where we need to go. Do, we go towards the Sun or away from it? Or do we just pick up the nearest planet to the Earth and start our preparations? We can simply look at our immediate neighbours first, Venus and Mars. While Venus is approximately 41 million kilometres away, M…

Find your car in the parking space, with a little help from Science!

Pressing a button on the key unlocks all of the car doors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)How often do we find ourselves in a situation where we are in the parking space with absolutely no idea about where the car was parked. The keyless entry systems that most cars are equipped with today, do make life a little easier but if you are really stuck in a place that is massively huge and the push button at your disposal is out of the range of your car's receiver.

Well, if you watch this video, you will have a trick up your sleeve, the next time you are caught in a situation like this. The bottle of water you carry can be quite handy.






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Coffee break in space [Coffee byte]

Taking a coffee break is as human as going to the toilet. which is probably why NASA has put together some of the most brilliant scientist to crack the code on how to enjoy a Cup-A-Joe in outer space.


Red Crab Marathon for Survival [Video]

Red Crab on Christmas Island, Australia.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)If you believed humans have taken great risks when migrating to new places in search of food and water before, you have not seen the lives of many animals that migrate over long distances to ensure that the next generation gets the best environmental conditions to grow and survive and take the species forward.

The migration of the Monarch Butterflies is quite well documented and you will find many videos online for them. But here is another story of the Red Crab that braves heights and ants to make it to the sea!




RotM: Interview with Dr. Marta Llimargas Casanova

As we approach International Women's Day, we spoke to our first woman Researcher of the Month (RotM) at Coffee Table Science, Dr. Marta Llimargas Casanova. Dr. Marta is the Principal Researcher at the Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona where her team studies formation of tissues and organs during development. Her recent publication in PLoS Genetics sheds more light on chitin deposition. 
Here's Dr. Marta speaking more about her publication, women in science and working as a scientist. 

CTS: How has your recent publication added to existing knowledge about the chitin deposition? 
Chemical structure of chitin
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)MLC: Chitin is a natural polysaccharide made of UDP-N-acetylglucosamine monomers (a derivative of glucose). It is the second most abundant polymer in nature after cellulose, and from a functional point of view it has activities comparable to those of the protein keratin. Chitin is present in the cell wall of fungi and it is the major component…