Science

Media accreditation now is open for the launch from Virginia of Northrop Grumman's 10th commercial resupply services mission to deliver NASA science investigations, supplies and equipment to the International Space Station aboard its Cygnus spacecraft. [...]
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
NASA will host a series of media briefings leading up to the Friday, Oct. 26, launch of its Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission to study the dynamic zone high in the atmosphere where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather above. [...]
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Today, NASA released a new, limited-edition podcast called The Invisible Network, the first NASA podcast to embrace narrative storytelling. All six episodes can be downloaded and binged on NASA's website, SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts. [...]
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who has returned home to Houston this weekend after his launch to the International Space Station was aborted, will be interviewed by media about his experience at 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 16. [...]
Mon, Oct 15, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about the Senate confirmation of James Morhard as the agency's deputy administrator [...]
Fri, Oct 12, 2018, Continue reading at the source

On October 22, 1968, 50 years ago, the Apollo 7 crew splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
This glittering ball of stars is the globular cluster NGC 1898, which lies toward the center of the Large Magellanic Cloud. [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
On Oct. 18, 1989, space shuttle Atlantis deployed NASA's Galileo spacecraft six hours, 30 minutes into the STS-34 mission. Galileo arrived at Jupiter in December, 1995 and spent eight years in orbit around the gas giant, becoming the first spacecraft to orbit an outer planet. [...]
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
This artist's conception of the core of Cygnus A shows the dusty donut-shaped surroundings, called a torus, and jets launching from its center. [...]
Wed, Oct 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Viewed from a window inside the cupola, the International Space Station's "window to the world," is the Japanese Exploration Agency's H-II Transfer Vehicle-7. [...]
Tue, Oct 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have appointed a board to investigate an instrument anomaly aboard the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 17 weather satellite currently in orbit. [...]
Tue, Oct 02, 2018, Continue reading at the source
NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Alaska at Fairbanks for the continued development and operation of the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) for NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System. [...]
Thu, Sep 27, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Five new NASA Earth science campaigns will take to the field starting in 2020 to investigate a range of pressing research questions, from what drives intense East Coast snowfall events to the impact of small-scale ocean currents on global climate. [...]
Tue, Sep 25, 2018, Continue reading at the source
NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) successfully launched from California at 9:02 a.m. EDT Saturday, embarking on its mission to measure the ice of Earth's frozen reaches with unprecedented accuracy. [...]
Sat, Sep 15, 2018, Continue reading at the source
For the first time ever, measurements from NASA Earth-observing research satellites are being used to help combat a potential outbreak of life-threatening cholera. Humanitarian teams in Yemen are targeting areas identified by a NASA-supported project that precisely forecasts high-risk regions based on environmental conditions observed from space. [...]
Mon, Aug 27, 2018, Continue reading at the source

As engineers and technicians work diligently to diagnose and develop a solution (at best) or work around (at worst) the recent gyroscope issues in the Hubble Space Telescope, it gives us a moment to check in and reflect on some of its greatest feats of science. Don't worry, that great observatory in the sky isn't … Continue reading "How the Hubble Unlocked the Universe" The post How the Hubble Unlocked the Universe appeared first on Universe Today. [...]
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Astronomers observed a red dwarf superflare much more powerful than anything our Sun can produce. Bad news for any habitable-zone planets orbiting it. The post A Red Dwarf Blasts off a Superflare. Any Life on its Planets Would Have a Very Bad Day appeared first on Universe Today. [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Back in Ye Olden Times, the job of astronomer was a pretty exclusive club. Either you needed to be so rich and so bored that you could design, build, and operate your own private observatory, or you needed to have a rich and bored friend who could finance your cosmic curiosity for you. By contrast, … Continue reading "How Mission Delays Hurt Young Astronomers" The post How Mission Delays Hurt Young Astronomers appeared first on Universe Today. [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
An international team of scientists recently witnessed the birth of a binary neutron star system, which was indicated by a rather faint and short-lived supernova. The post A Star Exploded as a Supernova and Then Collapsed Into a Neutron Star. But Only a Fraction of its Matter was Released appeared first on Universe Today. [...]
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
We recently came across a fascinating documentary that not only looks at some of the big questions today in multi-interdisciplinary science. We're talking about The Most Unknown, directed by Peabody-award winning filmmaker Ian Cheney The post Review: The Most Unknown appeared first on Universe Today. [...]
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source

Zombees and spiders and bats, Oh MY! Drag your bones over, give these a TRY! Our editors selected these six projects to enchant, haunt, and amaze you this Halloween! Cheers! The SciStarter Team Frankenstein200 Frankenstein200 puts you in the middle of a story where Mary Shelley's classic tale collides with modern science. Perform experiments, explore hidden areas of research, and assist a pair of young scientists as they unravel a mystery in a cutting-edge digi [...]
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
I just came across a strange but quite charming scientific study claiming that human thought alone can make wine taste better. This miracle of vinomancy is reported in a paper in Explore, a unique if often credulity-stretching Elsevier academic journal dedicated to "healing arts, consciousness, spirituality, eco-environmental issues, and basic science as all these fields relate to health." In the article in question, author Stephan A. Schwartz describes how he carried out an experi [...]
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Thanks to data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, a team of astronomers has successfully confirmed the Milky Way's youngest known pulsar. The mission has studied the supernova remnant for over 15 years and has collected invaluable information about its rapid expansion, physical properties, and surrounding environment. This new discovery could provide key information about the death of stars. Pulsing Through Space When a massive star collapses in on itself and explodes in a supernova, i [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Have you heard of the ‘Vampire of Lugano”? Apparently that's what residents of the Italian commune of Lugano in Teverina are calling this strange archaeological find — the remains of a 10 year old child found in a 5th century cemetery originally thought to be reserved for toddlers and younger. But its not age of death that makes this finding so strange … it's the stone placed in the skeleton's mouth. Researchers believe it was intentionally placed as part of a ritual to keep the 10 year o [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Gamma-Ray Sky For countless years, humans have gazed up at the sky and made sense of the stars by finding shapes in them — constellations of heroes, animals, and well-worn tales. Now, to celebrate the 10th mission year of NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, scientists have used the telescope to develop a new set of constellations that correspond with gamma-ray emissions. Gamma rays are the most powerful in the electromagnetic spectrum, and they're typically only produced by very powerf [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source

A pioneering lawsuit against the U.S. government won the right to a trial. But the Trump administration is still asking the courts to cancel it. [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Trump administration has promised vast changes to U.S. science and environmental policy—and we're tracking them here as they happen. [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
From a bat factory to Amish Country to the World Series, see our favorite baseball photos from the National Geographic archives. [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The spookiest sounds on Halloween are made by creatures of the night. [...]
Fri, Oct 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Get the facts on Halloween's history and why we love it so much today. [...]
Thu, Oct 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source

By merging the ancient art of origami with 21st century technology, researchers have created a one-step approach to fabricating complex origami structures whose light weight, expandability, and strength could have applications in everything from biomedical devices to equipment used in space exploration. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Computer bits are binary, with a value of 0 or one. By contrast, neurons in the brain can have all kinds of different internal states, depending on the input that they received. This allows the brain to process information in a more energy-efficient manner than a computer. Physicists are working on memristors, resistors with a memory, made from niobium-doped strontium titanate, which mimic how neurons work. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Most parents know that the diet and exercise habits of a pregnant woman impacts the health of her baby, but little is known about how a father's health choices are passed to his children. A new study finds that lifestyle practices of fathers prior to conception may have a major impact on the lifelong health of their children. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Biofeedback therapy used at home is about 70 percent effective at helping patients learn how to coordinate and relax bowel muscles and relieve one of the most difficult-to-treat types of constipation, investigators report. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
It's called ArcCI (or Arctic CyberInfrastructure) and promises to combine the thousands of images that have been taken along the years of the Arctic Ocean into one global database that will help scientists and the world see the physical changes occurring in the region including ice loss. The hope is that this web-based repository will allow researchers to spend more time analyzing information rather than just collecting and processing data. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
By studying the effect of genetic variations on lifespan across the human genome, researchers have devised a way to estimate whether an individual can expect to live longer or shorter than average, and have advanced scientific understanding of the diseases and cellular pathways involved in aging. [...]
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Geneticists have assembled the largest sets of African genomic data available to date, creating a resource that will help researchers understand the genetic structure of Africa as well as the effects of genetic variation on protein function and disease. The findings underscore the importance of including globally diverse participant cohorts in genetics research. [...]
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source

Presidents like to take credit for increases in Social Security, but is it the president, Congress or the Social Security Administration that decides when your check goes up? [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
After TV producer David Levy adapted the cartoons of Charles Addams into "The Addams Family," Charlie's life changed in a number of ways. As Addams aged, he sort of settled down, but as with everything, he did so in his own unique way. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Checking your kids' candy for poison or sharp objects? Locking up your black cat so it doesn't get snagged by a Satanist? Maybe you can relax after finding out the real stories behind these urban legends. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Culture Kings Jacquis and Edgar are joined by Anna Salinas to discuss awkward hugs, how to handle unwanted comments, the importance of voting, parenting, this month's world you rather and more! [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Science fiction authors have thoroughly explored what could happen if we implement artificial intelligence irresponsibly. But they didn't predict that Microsoft would have to rein in a rogue, foul-mouthed chatbot. [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In episode 257, Jack and Miles are joined by comedian Eric Lampaert to discuss a new cold brew with alcohol, how Netflix is finally starting to cancel shows, John Kelly and John Bolton's shouting match about immigration, the GOP taking up it's racism a notch with a new robo-call, the right's smear campaign of Jamal Khashoggi, Rihanna turning down the Super Bowl in support of Colin Kaepernick, bloidwatch, and more! FOOTNOTES:1. Cafe Agave Turns Up The Heat With Launch Of New Spiked Cold Brew, First-Of-Its-Kind Gourmet Coffee Plus Alcohol, 12.5% abv2. NETFLIX IS SO BIG IT'S FINALLY CANCELING SHOWS. GOOD3. John Kelly and John Bolton Have Shouting Match Over Immigration4. Trump: I can't fix the immigration problem, so Republicans should demagogue it instead5. Record number of families crossing U.S. border as Trump threatens new crackdown6. The Trump administration reportedly wants to try family separation again7. This is a real radio ad currently running in Arkansas in support of Republican Congressman French Hill on radio stations targeted to the African American community.8. Black Americans for the President's Agenda9. Fox's Outnumbered smears murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi as being "tied to the Muslim Brotherhood"10. From travels with bin Laden to sparring with princes: Jamal Khashoggi's provocative journey11. For Khashoggi, a Tangled Mix of Royal Service and Islamist Sympathies12. Trump Jr. Boosts Smear Tying Missing Journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Islamic Terrorism13. America's Dilemma: Censuring M.B.S. and Not Halting Saudi Reforms14. Reconsidering the US-Saudi relationship15. Rihanna turns down Super Bowl show, backs Kaepernick16. WATCH: Topaz Jones - Toothache (Official Video) [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In episode 65, the girls are back on their news game! They start by talking about blatant racism in the work place, abnormal uterine bleeding, and then get into Israel detaining students who participate in the BDS movement, the killing of a Palestinian woman by illegal Israeli settlers, the aftermath of boycotting a Lorde concert in Tel Aviv, an article about terrifying American mercenaries who are hired to kill in the Middle East, a break down of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and more! FOOTNOTES: 1. Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates2. Turkish officials say a Saudi murder squad is behind journalist's death3. Turkish Officials Say Khashoggi Was Killed on Order of Saudi Leadership4. Khashoggi was murdered, Saudis did it, leading Republican says5. Trump criticizes rush to condemn Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi6. Khashoggi Disappearance Is Part of a Ruthless Saudi Campaign to Crush Dissent7. Trump Gives Dictators the Green Light8. Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Saudi crown prince 'denies involvement'9. Saudi Arabia threatens to retaliate against any sanctions over Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance10. Saudi crown prince vows wider probes into Khashoggi case but still denies knowledge of journalist's fate, Trump says11. American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East12. Turkey releases passport scans of men it says were involved in journalist's killing13. Florida student detained in Israel over alleged boycott support14. Help Justine and Nadia raise money for Mental Health in Gaza15. Lorde concert boycott: New Zealanders fined by Israel raise thousands for Gaza16. Palestinian woman dies after 'settlers' stone car in West Bank17. Aisha al-Rawbi's husband says he is not after revenge [...]
Mon, Oct 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The weekly round up of the best moments from DZ's Season 53 (10/15/18-10/19/18.) [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In the United Kingdom in the 1800s, anatomists wanted to study real bodies, but laws and cultural stigma made bodies hard to come by. Learn how the shocking Burke & Hare murder trials changed that in this episode of BrainStuff. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A recent report found that female inmates in the US are far likelier to be disciplined than male inmates. Learn more about women's prisons, and the accuracy (or not) of "Orange is the New Black" in this classic episode. [...]
Sat, Oct 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source

Ben Barres: neuroscience pioneer, gender championBen Barres: neuroscience pioneer, gender champion, Published online: 22 October 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-07109-2Marc Freeman lauds the transgender neurobiologist's posthumously published memoir. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
British universities set up European outposts as Brexit loomsBritish universities set up European outposts as Brexit looms, Published online: 22 October 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-07121-6Establishing partner institutions in Europe might allow UK researchers to keep full access to EU funds. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Daily briefing: So you want to be a cyborg?Daily briefing: So you want to be a cyborg?, Published online: 22 October 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-07143-0The lengths biohackers go to to augment their frail human forms. Plus: Hunting out HIV's hiding places, and space-selfies from the Mercury mission. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Gate-tunable room-temperature ferromagnetism in two-dimensional Fe3GeTe2Gate-tunable room-temperature ferromagnetism in two-dimensional Fe3GeTe2, Published online: 22 October 2018; doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0626-9Monolayers of Fe3GeTe2 exhibit itinerant ferromagnetism with an out-of-plane magnetocrystalline anisotropy; ionic gating raises the ferromagnetic transition temperature of few-layer Fe3GeTe2 to room temperature. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Immune-cell crosstalk in multiple sclerosisImmune-cell crosstalk in multiple sclerosis, Published online: 22 October 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-07063-zInteractions between the B and T cells of the human immune system are implicated in the brain disease multiple sclerosis. It emerges that B cells make a protein that is also made in the brain, and that T cells recognize this protein. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Parrot patrolParrot patrol, Published online: 22 October 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-07098-2A study has demonstrated the value of using autonomous drones for conservation purposes. [...]
Sun, Oct 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source