Science News Science News Respective post owners and feed distributors Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:53:08 -0600 Feed Informer On This Day In Space! May 21, 2010: Japan Launches 1st Successful Solar Sail on 'Ikaros' urn:uuid:876bb69c-d4c8-033b-7e9e-adb4a32c3ccc Mon, 21 May 2018 05:09:00 -0500 On May 21, 2010, Japan launched the first successful solar sail into space. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series. Dark Futures: Does Humanity Really Need a Backup Earth? urn:uuid:ac788b92-27ab-6dd6-8721-34c4ef329b9e Mon, 21 May 2018 05:00:00 -0500 SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has a vision: He wants to get humans to Mars as soon as possible. Is that humanity's best option? China Launches Relay Satellite for Mission to Moon's Far Side urn:uuid:348662bb-2683-2051-e404-7039a0ca1b5b Mon, 21 May 2018 04:52:00 -0500 China just launched a spacecraft that will help pave the way for a historic mission to the moon's far side later this year. Launch Photos: Orbital ATK's Antares Rocket & Cygnus OA-9 Soar to ISS! urn:uuid:b9b3993f-f430-3edb-a7b8-941e90cd0e74 Mon, 21 May 2018 04:50:00 -0500 An Orbital ATK Antares rocket launched an Antares rocket and the uncrewed Cygnus OA-9 cargo ship to the International Space Station on May 21, 2018. See the mission in photos here! Weird Space Rock Provides More Evidence for Mysterious 'Planet Nine' urn:uuid:140db563-c249-2b07-74e9-6ec25da936d9 Mon, 21 May 2018 04:44:00 -0500 The solar system just got a bit stranger. Antares Rocket Launches NASA Cargo to Space Station in Dazzling Predawn Liftoff urn:uuid:b7f5925d-1acf-ea82-4510-1ee6735ab2a2 Mon, 21 May 2018 03:58:00 -0500 An Orbital ATK Antares rocket lit up the predawn sky over Virginia in a stunning launch early Monday (May 21), kicking off a t NASA Is Launching a Box of Lasers to Make the Coldest Spot In the Universe urn:uuid:6456225d-3a50-e1e0-0b0a-039d439c64b9 Sun, 20 May 2018 11:23:00 -0500 Scientists are creating a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space aboard the International Space Station. Here's why. Watch Orbital ATK Launch a Cargo Ship for NASA Early Monday! Here's How urn:uuid:93c62653-7c32-fd9c-e84b-9c3d9b4c4766 Sun, 20 May 2018 10:42:00 -0500 An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch a Cygnus supply ship Monday morning (May 21) to deliver more than 3 tons NASA cargo to the International Space Station, and you can watch it live online. Annotation tool provides step toward understanding links between disease, mutant RNA ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:95203311-2754-fcc3-f7b3-e081a911c6c4 Sun, 20 May 2018 08:09:16 -0500 Researchers have developed a computer program that represents a key step toward better understanding the connections between mutant genetic material and disease. No evidence of natural gas from fracking in found Ohio drinking water ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:0d48cacb-adc2-af5e-00c5-1a5d3dfd2459 Sun, 20 May 2018 08:09:09 -0500 A study of drinking water in Appalachian Ohio found no evidence of natural gas contamination from recent oil and gas drilling. Geologists examined drinking water in northeast Ohio where many residents rely on water from private underground wells. Dogs born in the summertime more likely to suffer heart disease ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:b80d513c-8a92-0404-5257-a32ea1fca6f8 Sun, 20 May 2018 08:09:06 -0500 Dogs born June through August are at higher risk of heart disease than those born other months, rising in July to 74 percent higher risk, according to a new study. A correlation to outdoor air pollution may be the culprit. Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million Times Faster urn:uuid:abc5937d-6fea-b449-64ed-10dbd92a7ad3 Sun, 20 May 2018 07:22:00 -0500 Pulses of light from infrared lasers can speed up computer operations by a factor of 1 million, and may have opened the door to room-temperature quantum computing. Earth's Magnetic Field Is Drifting Westward, and Nobody Knows Why urn:uuid:cb4355fe-4e88-1515-5710-1c71531c6d30 Sun, 20 May 2018 07:20:00 -0500 Weird, slow-moving waves in the planet's core could explain the mysterious drifting. On This Day In Space! May 20, 1978: NASA Launches Pioneer Venus 1 urn:uuid:543f7542-2c4c-07b6-5c27-33e531f4d47a Sun, 20 May 2018 07:09:00 -0500 On May 20, 1978, NASA launched a spacecraft to Venus. The mission was called Pioneer-Venus 1, but it’s also known as the Pioneer Venus Orbiter. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series. Watch Orbital ATK Launch a Cargo Ship for NASA Early Monday! Here's How urn:uuid:5ccc26ec-cd44-7c8f-5591-897951a59d39 Sun, 20 May 2018 06:42:00 -0500 An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch a Cygnus supply ship Monday morning (May 21) to deliver more than 3 tons NASA cargo to the International Space Station, and you can watch it live online. 'Everyday Astronaut' Tackles SpaceX Rocket Landings in Episode 2! urn:uuid:8c6d2b64-3085-e59d-2cbe-94f3b3a3b9b4 Sat, 19 May 2018 11:30:00 -0500 If you've ever wondered how SpaceX manages to land its rockets, the Everyday Astronaut is here to help. New NASA Chief Bridenstine Says Humans Contribute to Climate Change 'in a Major Way' urn:uuid:dce1fe03-516b-8531-b00c-fc22ad28d0cf Sat, 19 May 2018 06:24:00 -0500 NASA's new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said that he knows Earth's climate is changing, and that humans contribute to it "in a major way," also supporting NASA's research into that important area. Why Formamide May Have Been Early Life's Alternative to Water urn:uuid:041e9720-6a73-d9b6-0e39-ec184ed2bab2 Sat, 19 May 2018 06:20:00 -0500 Water is the basis for life as we know it, but did life's building blocks form without it? On This Day In Space! May 19, 2000: STS-101 Launches with 1st 'Glass Cockpit' urn:uuid:3b4444fd-d018-9515-dbdf-47578e7af3cc Sat, 19 May 2018 06:09:00 -0500 On May 19, 2000, the space shuttle Atlantis launched with the very first "glass cockpit." See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series. Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:92d8ae64-43a5-b7b6-639c-335bddec1534 Fri, 18 May 2018 15:40:53 -0500 A new case report describes how a patient's use of a common over-the-counter biotin supplement caused clinically misleading test results and almost resulted in an unnecessary, invasive medical procedure. MR spectroscopy imaging reveals effects of targeted treatment of mutant IDH1 gliomas ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:1a41a94a-ee4c-1afa-b690-6879d77a8e1c Fri, 18 May 2018 15:40:50 -0500 Using a novel imaging method, a research team is investigating the mechanisms behind a potential targeted treatment for a subtype of the deadly brains tumors called gliomas. Researchers operate lab-grown heart cells by remote control ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:80cf1117-0ecc-ab46-c623-4df32dbe693b Fri, 18 May 2018 13:10:38 -0500 Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to speed up or slow down human heart cells growing in a dish on command -- simply by shining a light on them and varying its intensity. The cells are grown on a material called graphene, which converts light into electricity, providing a more realistic environment than standard plastic or glass laboratory dishes. Researchers discover how body temperature wrecks potential dengue, Zika vaccine ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:962f252e-4bdf-c45b-664c-a941e42ff600 Fri, 18 May 2018 13:10:35 -0500 A major route toward creating effective vaccines against dengue virus and Zika involves the E protein that covers the surface of each viral particle. But creating such a vaccine has proven difficult for a number of reasons. Now researchers have delineated the details of one major barrier to a promising vaccine. It's something we all have -- a natural body temperature of about 98.6 degrees. Diamond 'spin-off' tech could lead to low-cost medical imaging and drug discovery tools ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:c271c988-6eb1-7b73-4892-0185b15cebb7 Fri, 18 May 2018 13:10:32 -0500 An international team has discovered how to exploit defects in nanoscale and microscale diamonds and potentially enhance the sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance systems while eliminating the need for their costly and bulky superconducting magnets. Variations in placental microbiota appear related to premature birth ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:48845302-905e-44ab-6fb9-e3432a5fce4b Fri, 18 May 2018 12:36:22 -0500 Researchers have found a surplus of pathogenic bacteria in placentas from premature births, supporting the hypothesis that maternal infection may cause preterm birth. New insights into malaria parasite ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:b1661f1d-29ba-87a4-ee52-fd664c28e87b Fri, 18 May 2018 11:19:39 -0500 Scientists have found that various stages of the development of human malaria parasites, including stages involved in malaria transmission, are linked to epigenetic features and how chromatin -- the complex of DNA and proteins within the nucleus -- is organized and structured in these parasites. Here's the Weird Science Launching to the Space Station on Monday urn:uuid:fbe4a9bb-986a-1b32-606c-93e370826915 Fri, 18 May 2018 10:12:00 -0500 This weekend, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will carry old-fashioned sextants, E. coli bacteria and lasers that will create a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space. E. coli tailored to convert plants into renewable chemicals ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:bb75d911-f08d-ae52-f33a-1e1876418473 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:59:16 -0500 Jet fuel, pantyhose and plastic soda bottles: all three could be made from bioengineered bacteria. Weather Delays Private Rocket Launch of NASA Cargo to Space Station urn:uuid:5fc0e59c-798f-5e8f-5873-68e780ff8692 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:54:00 -0500 NASA and Orbital ATK have postponed this weekend's planned launch of a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station by 24 hours, with the liftoff now targeted for no earlier than Monday (May 21). The dark side of our genes -- healthy aging in modern times ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:5e67c41f-7377-96d1-77d2-986774083d31 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:28:11 -0500 Scientists collate the evidence for the mismatch between past evolutionary adaptation and our modern lives. They also ask whether natural selection linked to modernization might reduce globally the burden of some chronic diseases. A new map for a birthplace of stars ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:909a937d-3a1c-a0c2-88c5-f2a9f8ef15ef Fri, 18 May 2018 09:28:06 -0500 A research group has created the most detailed maps yet of a vast seedbed of stars similar to Earth's sun. Can a quantum drum vibrate and stand still at the same time? ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:a7ca7361-a365-80d0-6250-8539e40a3d91 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:27:59 -0500 Researchers have studied how a 'drumstick' made of light could make a microscopic 'drum' vibrate and stand still at the same time. Cannabis: It matters how young you start ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:4db20914-3aff-119b-7cbc-67e887bc0ed3 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:27:57 -0500 Researchers find that boys who start smoking pot before 15 are much more likely to have a drug problem at 28 than those who start at 15 or after. Matabele ants: Travelling faster with detours ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:973660c2-7386-6b6e-c04b-c83bc24b841f Fri, 18 May 2018 09:27:36 -0500 Ants do not always take the shortest route when they are in a hurry. Their navigational system occasionally makes them take detours to speed up their journey. Asian tiger mosquito on the move ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:bcc1e82c-2c06-a7c7-caaf-f56e9264ffa0 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:27:34 -0500 Scientists have compared the ecological niches of the Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito, both of which transmit infectious diseases, on various continents. The invasion time span plays an important role in their expansion and the Asian tiger mosquito has not yet arrived in all regions where it would find a suitable environment. Giraffes surprise biologists yet again ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:4f4148a0-e6a2-f9f0-832f-68d9d9933f37 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:27:31 -0500 New research has highlighted how little we know about giraffe behavior and ecology. Robotic assembly of the world's smallest house -- Even a mite doesn't fit through the door! ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:d972ff27-1445-cae2-60b9-29477c87ed83 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:27:29 -0500 A nanorobotics team has assembled a new microrobotics system that pushes forward the frontiers of optical nanotechnologies. Combining several existing technologies, the newly developed nanofactory builds microstructures in a large vacuum chamber and fixes components onto optical fiber tips with nanometer accuracy. The microhouse construction demonstrates how researchers can advance optical sensing technologies when they manipulate ion guns, electron beams and finely controlled robotic piloting. Image of the Day urn:uuid:5e99c8d4-dd89-a558-f317-9885f77df380 Fri, 18 May 2018 09:00:00 -0500 NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold takes a selfie 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Earth during a spacewalk on Wednesday (May 16). Women sometimes feel regret after electing to freeze their eggs ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:535869d8-a658-8d39-e518-4fab1dd2fe9c Fri, 18 May 2018 08:17:13 -0500 Most women feel empowered by elective procedures that enable them to bank eggs in case they can't conceive naturally later in life, researchers have found. But one in six become regretful, for reasons that researchers do not yet fully understand. What is Solar Wind? urn:uuid:78221777-2917-c241-21dc-79e3d0d22da1 Fri, 18 May 2018 07:33:00 -0500 Solar wind is a constant stream of plasma and particles emanating from the sun. Ammunition with risks and side effects ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:528f95c9-593c-29de-5c38-7cc4655d7755 Fri, 18 May 2018 07:19:13 -0500 Hunting with lead shot is highly restricted or entirely banned in many countries due to the danger of poisoning birds and environment. However, alternative ammunition is not without its own risks, as was discovered in a recent study. 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater, moves objects ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:2ffee561-959b-99f8-88b7-67c3865bffcf Fri, 18 May 2018 07:19:10 -0500 Engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also lead to artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections. Ultraviolet Radiation from Low-Mass Stars Could Render Planets Uninhabitable urn:uuid:75731b58-e662-1250-e664-ec965a5e760b Fri, 18 May 2018 06:32:00 -0500 Low-mass stars are currently the most promising targets when searching for potentially habitable planets, but new research has revealed that some of these stars produce significant amounts of ultraviolet (UV) radiation throughout their lifetimes. Here's the Weird Science Launching to the Space Station This Weekend urn:uuid:fcf5e014-a524-21d9-a550-9ce0841e9286 Fri, 18 May 2018 06:30:00 -0500 This weekend, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will carry old-fashioned sextants, E. coli bacteria and lasers that will create a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space. Antares Rocket Launch Early Sunday Could Be Visible Along US East Coast urn:uuid:e7b73590-a388-2443-d5eb-db9a8bf31985 Fri, 18 May 2018 06:28:00 -0500 Early Sunday morning, the Antares rocket will launch Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station — and you might be able to see it. Antares Rocket Launch Early Monday Could Be Visible Along US East Coast urn:uuid:4b3e6498-c191-4c3d-4e82-bae98c2e59a8 Fri, 18 May 2018 06:28:00 -0500 Early Monday morning, the Antares rocket will launch Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station — and you might be able to see it. On This Day In Space! May 18, 1969: Apollo 10 Launches to the Moon urn:uuid:c2dbac97-fbe8-21a4-4cc4-9c49a05991cd Fri, 18 May 2018 06:09:00 -0500 On May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 launched on a mission to the moon. Apollo 10 was considered a "dress rehearsal" for a lunar landing. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series. China Launching Relay Satellite Toward Moon's Far Side Sunday urn:uuid:7899a71c-99eb-14bc-2b89-ea38e7b8c22e Fri, 18 May 2018 05:56:00 -0500 A Chinese spacecraft designed to set up shop just beyond the moon's far side will launch on Sunday (May 20), if all goes according to plan. Gravity Assist Podcast: TESS, with Martin Still urn:uuid:e3e713e2-b0ba-4e7a-cae1-13d93c342340 Fri, 18 May 2018 05:47:00 -0500 NASA's new Chief Scientist, Dr Jim Green, speaks to Martin Still, who is the Program Manager on the TESS mission, about how its quest to discover nearby exoplanets. NASA Chief Laments Texas School Shooting Near Johnson Space Center urn:uuid:837a1744-a7cb-4490-f30f-8155b444a5ce Fri, 18 May 2018 03:00:00 -0500 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine expressed anguish to the news of a school shooting in Texas today (May 18), a tragedy that occurred near the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.