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Potatoes Can Grow on Mars: CubeSat Indicator Experiment

Potatoes Can Grow on Mars: CubeSat Indicator Experiment

Colonization of Mars in future is an ambitious project for NASA, ESA, other space agencies but the project presents many challenges for scientists. CubeSat indicator experiment has shown that growing potatoes on Mars will be possible. Planet Mars presents extreme weather conditions and growing crops on the Red Planet will be essential for long term survival. Researchers at International Potato Center planned to grow potatoes under Mars-like conditions. In their initial research project, researchers have reported encouraging results.

LED Brings Ray of Hope For Sea Turtles

LED Brings Ray of Hope For Sea Turtles

A research conducted by scientists at the University of Exeter has revealed that putting lights on fishing nets can be instrumental in lowering the number of sea turtles that are unintentionally caught in nets during fishing sessions. The researchers carried out their study in Sechura Bay located in northern Peru. ProDelphinus, which is the UK Government’s Darwin Initiative and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, provided funds for the research.

Three Dwarf Dragons discovered during Expeditions in South America’s Andes

Three Dwarf Dragons discovered during Expeditions in South America’s Andes

Three new species of dwarf dragons have been discovered in the Andes Mountains of Peru and Ecuador. The scientists said that they have discovered them accidentally at the time of their expedition in the Tropical Andes.

The three new species--Enyalioides altotambo, Enyalioides sophiarothschildae and Enyalioides anisolepis belong to the same genus, but are quite different from their relatives in terms of coloration and arrangement of scales.

Air Pollution from 16th-century discovered in Peru's Ice

Air Pollution from 16th-century discovered in Peru's Ice

Deep inside an ice cap in the Peruvian Andes, scientists have traced air pollution from 16th-century Spanish silver mines. In an announcement made on Monday, scientists said the pollution appeared to have originated from what is now called Bolivia, located hundreds of miles away at the Potosí mountaintop silver mines. The imprint of metal-rich smog was actually discovered in Peru.

Authorities in Peru fuming after Greenpeace damaged the ancient Nazca lines

Authorities in Peru fuming after Greenpeace damaged the ancient Nazca lines

In a bid to draw attention towards carbon footprint in the Lima UN talks, environmental group Greenpeace literally spoiled the fragile and restricted landscape near the Nazca lines, which is an ancient man-made designs etched in the Peruvian desert.

Reacting to this, the Peruvian authorities stated that the activists from the group damaged a patch of desert when they placed a large sign that promoted renewable energy near a set of lines that form the shape of a giant hummingbird. This bird shape is one of the figures of the ancient Nazca lines.

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