Her name is Tara Djokic, and once upon a time, she was a rebel bored with school. It took her five years and many silly jobs on her CV to realise she wanted to be an astrobiologist. A hiking trip to New Zealand and the stunning scenery she saw there awakened in her a curiosity to know more about the planet beneath her feet. That is how it all started. This spring, Tara (30), now a PhD student at the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at the University of New South Wales, and a team of her colleagues discovered the oldest ever known traces of life in hot springs in the Pilbara region, Australia. These remains of microbial life in land-based hot springs date back almost 3.5 billion years, which is about 3 billion years earlier than previously known hot springs were recorded in the rock record. This discovery could break the belief that life was created in the ocean and can mean it all began in hot water on land. Tara finds her purpose in studying life, the Earth, and the weirdness of the world around us. This is her story.
Continuing immersion in the world of modern electronic music, Youth Time talked with Matan Kadosh, co-founder of the Vini Vici project, and learned the outlook for the future of psytrance.
Pain killers can actually escalate the problem. We have the opportunity to interview the renowned Professor Peter M. Grace of the department of Critical Care and Respiratory Care Research, University of Texas who in his studies has found that use of opioids may be contributing towards intensifying the problem of pain and making it chronic.