SpaceX SN11 crashes, a sunken protoplanet, and in case your cat will eat you

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  • SpaceX SN11 crashed.
  • Brain scans solve an ongoing mystery about our love for music.
  • There could be a sunken protoplanet.
  • There are 13 answers millennials need about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Hello! I’m Nick Lucchesi, Inverse Editor-in-Chief, and this is Inverse Daily, your morning newsletter for important science and innovation stories, with the occasional sidebar on our favorite TV shows and other forms of … Inverse entertainment.

This is an adapted version of the Inverse Daily Newsletter for March 31, 2021. Subscribe for free and earn rewards for reading your inbox every day.

The early solar system was a chaotic place

Sunken Space History – Contributing writer Passant Rabie reports that scientists are proposing a new theory that parts of a protoplanet called Theia are still in the Earth’s mantle.

The hypothesis comes from a team of scientists at Arizona State University, who together suggest that the remains of an ancient protoplanet called Theia are buried inside our own planet, embedded in the deep rock layers beneath West Africa and the Pacific.

If this hypothesis is proven correct, it will provide the first direct evidence of the impact hypothesis that formed the moon.

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The bad brains. Scientists believe they know what’s going on in the brain when they listen to music they love. Steve Eichner / WireImage / Getty Images

Brain scans solve a permanent mystery of our love for music – A new study shows that our love for music is not superficial. It is linked to a system that helps us survive, reports co-worker Katie MacBride.

Why do we love music? Why is music sometimes so good that the hair on our arms picks up and we tremble – even though there are no obvious biological benefits to enjoying music?

Researchers at McGill University in Canada have been addressing these questions for years. Now they think they have definitely proven what happens in the brain when we hear a piece of music we love.

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Covid-19 Vaccine: 13 Answers Millennials Need – President Joe Biden has instructed all states to qualify every adult for Covid-19 vaccination by May deadline. That includes millennials. Katie MacBride answers the big question in her guide book.

The vaccine announcement is exciting news for young adults who have been eagerly awaiting their turn to be vaccinated.

Inverse spoke to two experts, George Rutherford, director of the Prevention and Public Health Group and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California at San Francisco, and Stefan Baral, an epidemiologist for physicians and adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Here’s what you need to know …

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Will my cat eat me when I die? – The inverse author Tara Yarlagadda takes up a strange but persistent question. Tara interviews three different feline experts to unpack the science behind a gruesome question: Would a cat eat its owner if given the chance?

The question has come to most cat owners at least once. Would your cute purring cat ever … eat her? Is the urban legend true?

Unfortunately, cats only disappear when confronted with the question – leaving the owners alone with their troubling thoughts. Fortunately, cat experts are a game for answering.

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SpaceX spaceship explosion 2021: Elon Musk explains the surprising cause – The shiny silver rocket has not yet completed a successful flight, reports science editor John Wenz in this story about the “exciting” test flight on Tuesday morning through the fog of Texas.

A test flight of the missile went up in flames on Tuesday. The SN11 vehicle booted up successfully, but something soon went wrong. Details were sparse, and SpaceX’s chief integration engineer, John Insprucker, simply noticed the cryptic words during a webcast, “Starship 11 is not coming back.”

“Don’t wait for the landing.”

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Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi.Disney

One more thing … Happy Birthday, Ewan McGregor! The actor best known in these parts as young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels turns 50 today. While McGregor was in the roles that would have defined any other actor’s career, once you’re in Star Wars you will always be at least partially defined by it. (I can’t even remember the name of the character in Girls played by Adam Driver without looking. He’s just Kylo Ren now.)

In an interview with Empire last fall, McGregor reflected on the role of these films as follows:

“You know, our films weren’t very popular when they came out from my generation who loved the first,” he says. “I think people of our generation wanted to feel the way they felt when they saw the first three films when they were kids, and George [Lucas] wanted to lead ours in a different direction, he had a different idea. I remember it was difficult back then. But now, all these years later, I am really aware of what our films meant to the generation they were made for, the children of that time. You really like her. I’ve met people who mean a lot to them, these films, more than the original three, and I wonder, “Are you kidding?”

May the force be with you, Ewan!