NASA is looking at the possibility of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new heavy-lift rocket, and accelerating its launch schedule in the coming years, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., the acting NASA administrator, said in a memo to employees.
A paranoid dictator's estranged brother. Except some — or possibly even all — of this tale could be true in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
More than 200 new genetic markers linked with male pattern baldness have been identified, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. The researchers in the new study were also able to use their set of genetic markers to predict men's chances of severe hair loss, although the scientists noted that their results apply more to large populations of people than to any given individual. "We are still a long way from making an accurate prediction for an individual's hair-loss pattern.
Oh, except that administrator is Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who sued the EPA multiple times over what he sees as its overly aggressive environmental regulations. Pruitt has also questioned the dangers of mercury contamination and other hazardous substances the EPA is in charge of regulating.
Authorities claimed Taylor seemed unemotional after learning her son had died, but Taylor says she was trying to process what happened. Reporter: The very night Ross Harris is arrested, he's charged with the murder of his son, and held without bail. Reporter: You never actually had a moment with your husband in private to talk about what happened?
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute. He is one of the most acclaimed young scientists in the United States, regularly mentioned, even at 35, as a possible Nobel laureate. That’s because of CRISPR, the gene-editing technique that lets scientists manipulate the genetic code of organisms almost like revising a sentence with a word processor. Zhang was one of its pioneers, and on Wednesday he emerged victorious after a bitter patent dispute. The ruling, by judges with the U.S. Patent Office, declared that Zhang’s work on living plant and animal cells was sufficiently original to deserve its
The embalmed body of the giant tortoise known as Lonesome George -- the last known member of a species that was wiped out with his death in 2012 -- returned home to the Ecuadoran Galapagos Islands. The body arrived in Puerto Ayora, the capital of the archipelago's Santa Cruz Island, on an Ecuadoran military plane after undergoing taxidermy work at New York's American Museum of Natural History, the Galapagos National Park said. The giant tortoise -- thought to be around a century old when he died in June 2012 -- was the last known member of the subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni.
The University of Dundee's Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) has reconstructed the face of an unidentified murder victim more than 1,000 years after his death. The remains of the man, who was a member of the Picts, who inhabited parts of Scotland during the early Middle Ages, were found while excavating a Highlands cave. The skeleton of the man, who died between 430AD and 630AD, according to radiocarbon dating of his bone samples, was found by archaeologists who were investigating when the cave in the Black Isle had been inhabited. On further inspection by CAHID's experts, including Professor Dame Sue Black, a forensic anthropologist who has previously worked on cases such as the identification of remains found in mass graves from conflicts in Kosovo on behalf of the UK government, it became apparent the man had been murdered.
TIRANA, Albania • Albania is promoting the archaeological finds in the waters off its southwest coast to raise public interest and to attract attention of decision-makers who can help preserve the discoveries. The Albanian National Coastline Agency opened this month an exhibit of 30 photographs showing underwater finds of potential archaeological significance from the last decade. The nonprofit RPM Nautical Foundation has mapped about one-third of Albania’s coast so far, from Saranda, near Greece’s Corfu island, to Vlora. National coastline agency head Auron Tare says the scan found 38 shipwrecks in the Ionian Sea, six of them more than 2,000 year old. Tare said the ships and other objects “show
“I’m worried — based on early indications — that we can be in for a major shift in the culture around science and technology and its eminence in government. Trump has yet to select people for several top science jobs in the administration — such as NASA administrator, director of the CDC, and director of the NIH.
Pennsylvania environmental regulators have found a likely correlation between a natural gas company's fracking operation and a series of tiny earthquakes in western Pennsylvania last year. The quakes were recorded last April in Lawrence County, about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh and close to a natural gas well pad owned by Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. They were too weak to be felt by humans and no damage was reported. Fracking, a method to extract gas or oil from underground shale rock, has been tied to earthquakes in neighboring Ohio and other states, but never before in Pennsylvania, the nation's No. 2 natural gas-producing state.
The couple left no real explanation for their suicides, but a recent report on their case in the journal BMJ Case Reports highlights the risks for refugees: Cut off from their homelands and from many of the usual sources of social support, most refugees also lack access to mental health care. It's a problem that persists not only along the Thai-Myanmar border, where decades of conflict have created semi-permanent camp settlements, but also in the Middle East and Europe among Syrians displaced by the civil war in their country. "I often think, 'Could we have said something more or been more proactive somehow and helped her?'" said Gracia Fellmeth, a public health researcher at Oxford University in the U.K. and lead author of the case report published in September 2016.
August's total solar eclipse in the US will almost certainly be the most watched such event in history. More than 12 million people - from Oregon to South Carolina - live on the path of darkness that the Moon will cut as it sweeps in front of the Sun. Nearly four times that many live within a two-hour's drive. And then there are all the tourists who will flock to America to witness the spectacle. It makes the eclipse a wonderful citizen science opportunity. "By going out and looking at the Sun we take part in this time-honoured tradition of citizen science," says astronomer and artist Prof Tyler Nordgren from the University of Redlands in California. "Edmund Halley during an eclipse in 1715 in
A massive, 1-mile-long chunk of ice has broken off Antarctica’s fast-changing Pine Island Glacier, and NASA satellites captured the dramatic event as the icy surface cracked and ripped apart. The Pine Island Glacier is one of the largest glaciers within the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, accounting for about 20 percent of the ice sheet’s total ice flow to the ocean, according to NASA scientists. The immense glacier is also one of the least stable, and in recent years, the ice sheet has been quickly retreating and losing massive amounts of ice. Previously, icebergs the size of cities have broken off of the Pine Island Glacier. [Photo Gallery: Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier Cracks] The glacier’s last
SpaceX will return to the space program's historical roots for its Florida launch this weekend. The private space firm is scheduled to launch an unmanned spacecraft to the international space station on Saturday. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:01 a.m. ET with a backup launch time of 9:38 a.m. ET Sunday. The spacecraft, called the Dragon, is packed with more than 5,000 pounds of cargo and experiments. It will be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted Friday that a small leak had been found in the rocket's upper stage, but the issue appeared to be resolved ahead of the launch Saturday morning. The mission has special meaning for SpaceX
It really doesn’t get much better than space! The outer limits of what surrounds our earth have been inspiring everything from our art to our clothes for ages. Now we can add kitchenware to the list! Here’s a cool way to bring the
It was also the year scientists advised that Earth’s citizens were now living in the Anthropocene, the name proposed for an epoch in which humans influence geology and environment on a global scale. The concept of citizenship originally described inhabitants of (probably walled) towns. Alberto Seveso’s cover illustration for a 2015 edition of Nature dedicated to the Anthropocene highlights some of the key factors that turned humanity into a geophysical force, including nuclear technology, the evolution of agriculture, and the industrial revolution.
Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN) is changing our understanding of disease, and in the process it could reshape patient treatment. With over 7,500 of its gene-sequencing systems installed at customers, the company is already the leader in its industry, and with new systems about to launch, it could become even more dominant. Will the NovaSeq 5000 and NovaSeq 6000 cause sales and profit to accelerate? In this clip from The Motley Fool's Industry Focus: Healthcare podcast, contributor Todd Campbell explains to analysts Gaby Lapera and Michael Douglass why this stock is one of his favorites. Will it be one of your top stocks, too? Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free
The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able to exist by living on minerals such as iron and manganese, said Penelope Boston, head of NASA's Astrobiology Institute. "It's super life," said Boston, who presented the discovery Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Boston. Boston planned more genetic tests for the microbes she revived both in the lab and on site.
As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, jobs of all kinds, from real-estate agent to pilot to truck driver, will be upended. Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, a professor at the university’s Sloan School of Management, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Brynjolfsson’s 2014 book The Second Machine Age (co-written with Andrew McAfee) looked at how digital technology is transforming our jobs and our lives. CityLab recently spoke to Brynjolfsson about artificial intelligence, the robotic future, and the possibility of a “leisure society”—one so efficient at production that citizens don’t need to work.
Men who are expecting a child or whose partner has recently had a baby may experience depression just as women sometimes do, according to a new study. In recent years, much attention has been focused on recognizing and treating maternal depression, and this treatment has had positive effects on the health of moms and babies, the research team said. The new study of fathers — one of the largest studies on both prenatal and postnatal paternal depression — included more than 3,500 men and was part of the ongoing "Growing Up in New Zealand" project.
Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. Researchers at Georgia State University spent four years analyzing students' grades, test scores and other information in order to identify those in potential trouble, and promptly assisted them. The study shows the number of students graduating has jumped by 30 percent and that students are spending less time and money to earn a degree.
In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill changed the Gulf of Mexico in ways that we're still trying to understand. This kind of environmental disaster doesn't end when the cleanup crews head home; it's felt for many years beyond, and marine creatures like bottlenose dolphins are proving that point. A new international assessment coordinated by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and many partners looked at more than five years of data and analysis to understand the long-term impacts of the spill on the health of marine mammals like dolphins and whales. According to the study, the dolphin population in the Barataria Bay area of the Gulf will have suffered a 50 percent population drop in the decade following the spill.
The dwarf planet Ceres keeps looking better and better as a possible home for alien life. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has spotted organic molecules — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it — on Ceres for the first time, a study published Thursday in the journal Science reports. And these organics appear to be native, likely forming on Ceres rather than arriving via asteroid or comet strikes, study team members said. [Photos: Dwarf Planet Ceres, the Solar System’s Largest Asteroid] “Because Ceres is a dwarf planet that may still preserve internal heat from its formation period and may even contain a subsurface ocean, this opens the possibility that primitive life could have developed
There’s a story that has been retold in MIT lecture halls for years. Uninterested in cleaning chicken coops on the family apple farm, he needed a summer job. One day, walking around campus, he noticed a posted sign-up sheet from Kellogg’s looking for a summer research assistant, and signed his name.