NASA Warns China Trying to Take Over the Moon and More News

NASA warns China might be planning a military “takeover” of the moon, World’s oldest water discovered, Huge new hole in ozone discovered, Inventor of cell phone has message for everyone, and more news.

NASA warns China may be planning takeover of the moon

It would seem obvious that the moon belongs to all people of Earth, but NASA is warning the world that China may be planning a “takeover” of the moon as part of its military space program, the Daily Wire reports.

“There is a new race to space – this time with China,” NASA’s administrator Bill Nelson told German newspaper Bild in a recent interview. “But Beijing’s plans go further: China is planning its own moon base – together with Russia!”

“We must be very concerned that China is landing on the moon and saying: ‘It’s ours now and you stay out,'” the NASA chief warned. “China’s space program is a military space program.”

Oldest water on Earth discovered: 2 billion years old

At the bottom of the Canadian mine, researchers have discovered what they say is the world’s oldest pool of water, dating it to 2 billion years old. This topped the previously known oldest water which was dated at around 500 million years. The pool was discovered at a depth of 1.8 miles, and a mine that is the deepest basal metal mine in the world, IFLScience reported.

Huge, year-round hole in the ozone layer discovered

Most of the world had been led to believe that the whole and Earth’s ozone layer had been healed apart from a seasonal gap that opens up over the Antarctic each spring. But now, a Canadian scientist, Professor Qing-Bin Lu from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, has discovered a huge hole in the ozone that is over almost the entire tropical region and remains year-around, Yahoo reported. The gap is roughly 7 times larger than the spring opening. The gap could increase the risk of ground-level UV radiation associated with skin cancer, cataracts, and other negative effects in tropical regions.

People on TikTok shocked to learn Earth isn’t perfectly round

Because we’re always surrounded by globes and pictures of a smooth, spherical Earth, we’re shielded from the fact that the planet isn’t perfectly round at all. A woman has shocked over 7 million viewers who watched her TikTok, with many learning, for the first time, that planet Earth is far from perfectly rounded. Holly Moffatt used a Google image search to prove her point, Ladbible reports. Because of the force on the Earth as it rotates, the North and South poles are slightly flat, causing the planet to get squashed into a lopsided sphere, according to NASA. See for yourself, by watching this TikTok video by Holly Moffatt.

Inventor of cell phone says put them down: “Get a life!”

Martin Cooper, 92, the man who invented the world’s first cellphone, has a message for everyone out there spending hours on their phone: “Get a life!” A 2021 survey by Statista found that 46% of respondents spent five to six hours on their phones each day. In a recent interview, Cooper told the BBC that he is stunned at how much time people waste on their devices. If you’ve ever seen old photos of people holding that 2 1/2 pound giant phone that looks like a brick with an antenna – that’s the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, that Cooper invented in 1973, which didn’t reach the public until 1983, the New York Post reported.