The exploration of the planet Mars has received a great deal of publicity over the past few years, and human missions to the Red Planet seem far more inevitable today than ever before. Yet, despite the groundswell of interest in Mars, some have argued that we don't have a mandate for humans to go to Mars any time soon. Are these skeptics correct?
Until now, known viruses have contained so little genetic information that people have questioned whether they can even be thought of as living. But giant viruses like this one contain as much information as many bacteria, which are certainly alive, and are so big they can be seen with an ordinary microscope.
The acquisition of Admiral Byrd's archive in 1985 was a seminal event for what was then known as the Institute of Polar Studies at The Ohio State University. Part of the successful bid was a willingness to rename the Institute in commemoration of Byrd, which was done in 1987, making it the Byrd Polar Research Center.