PAC-MAN: Scientists Aim Gene-Targeting Breakthrough Against COVID-19
on June 7, 2020 at 5:04 am
Cellular delivery system developed at Berkeley Lab's Molecular Foundry could be missing link in battle against SARS-CoV-2. A team of scientists from Stanford University is working with researchers at the Molecular Foundry, a nanoscience user facility ...
NASA Awards Northrop Grumman Artemis Contract for Initial Module of Gateway Crew Cabin
on June 7, 2020 at 4:57 am
(NASA) – NASA has finalized the contract for the initial crew module of the agency's Gateway lunar orbiting outpost. Orbital Science Corporation of Dulles, Virginia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Space, has been awarded $187 million to ...
STEREO watches Comet ATLAS as Solar Orbiter crosses its tail
by Miles Hatfield on June 7, 2020 at 3:40 am
NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO-A spacecraft, captured these images of comet ATLAS as it swooped by the Sun from May 25 - June 1. During the observations and outside STEREO's field of view, ESA/NASA's Solar Orbiter ...
Oldest Known Disk Galaxy Was Born 12 Billion Years Ago
by Aryan Roy on June 7, 2020 at 3:31 am
The Milky Way is just one of the countless galaxies in the Universe. Galaxies are a collection of stars that are pulled together to form these gigantic structures by the force of their collective gravitational pull. The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, and it is only one of ...
Stargazing: The Sun, our neighborhood star (copy)
on June 7, 2020 at 1:08 am
JUNE is the month. of the summer. solstice, a point in. Earth's orbit when our hemisphere is tilted at its maximum angle toward the sun, resulting in nearly 15 hours of daylight at our latitude in Northern Virginia. As the glowing centerpiece of our solar system 93 ...
This 425-million-year-old millipede is the oldest prehistoric 'bug' fossil ever found
on June 6, 2020 at 11:26 pm
Scotland is home to a wealth of ancient historical artifacts, and now can add to its reputation as a trove of important relics with this newly discovered primeval millipede fossil. The unassuming 425-million-year-old fossilized millipede appears to be the oldest ...
GnomAD: Stunning Variation Seen in Largest Collection of Human Genomes
on June 6, 2020 at 11:15 pm
In seven papers in Nature journals published May 27, the Genome Aggregation Database (gnomAD) consortium unleashed analyses of 125,748 exomes and 15,708 whole genomes, hailing from unrelated people living on six continents across the globe.
While NASA and SpaceX Sent People to the ISS, China Also Had Its Plans Prepared
by Carrie J. Bronstein on June 6, 2020 at 11:03 pm
NASA and SpaceX were both busy with the historic Demo-2 mission, which took place last weekend. They sent the first crewed orbital flight from the US in a decade. However, the Chinese also had a plan of their own. China has picked up the pace of its ...
An asteroid the size of six football fields will speed by Earth Saturday night
by Leah Asmelash on June 6, 2020 at 10:36 pm
(CNN) An asteroid estimated to be the size of six football fields will whiz past Earth Saturday night -- but no, you're not in danger. Asteroid 2002 NN4 will pass by Earth on Saturday at 11:20 p.m. ET, NASA says. At an estimated diameter of up to 1,870 feet, ...
NASA issues contract to Northrop Grumman for Gateway module
by Jeff Foust on June 6, 2020 at 9:49 pm
WASHINGTON — NASA announced June 5 that it awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman to begin work on a habitation module for the lunar Gateway, nearly a year after the agency announced its intent to sole-source that module to the company.
SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets
by Marcia Dunn on June 6, 2020 at 9:44 pm
In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, poses for a photo outside the New York Stock Exchange as fireworks are exploded before his company's IPO. In 2020, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said space is ...
More information released on Nova Scotia mass shooting
on June 6, 2020 at 8:48 pm
Nova Scotia RCMP have confirmed that all the firearms used by the gunman believed to have killed 22 people in the province in April were obtained illegally. Darren Campbell told a briefing today that a behavioural analysis of the gunman has found some ...
Kate Rubins, first Napa native in space, to return to International Space Station
by Howard Yune on June 6, 2020 at 7:51 pm
The woman who went where no Napan had gone before will return there for a sequel. NASA announced that Kate Rubins, who spent 115 days aboard the International Space Station in 2016, has been chosen for a six-month mission on the scientific platform ...
A New Telescope is Ready to Start Searching for Answers to Explain Dark Energy
by Evan Gough on June 6, 2020 at 7:38 pm
Back in 2015, construction began on a new telescope called the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI). Later this year, it will begin its five-year mission. Its goal? To create a 3D map of the Universe with unprecedented detail, showing the distribution of ...
Study looks into why some older adults have better memories than others
by Kiersten Willis on June 6, 2020 at 7:11 pm
Newly published research shows why some older adults remember better than others. The answer has to do with how much hippocampal activity is occurring. The findings were conducted by Alexandra Trelle, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford ...
Study shows how psychedelic drug psilocybin works in the brain
by Emily Henderson on June 6, 2020 at 7:04 pm
Perhaps no region of the brain is more fittingly named than the claustrum, taken from the Latin word for "hidden or shut away." The claustrum is an extremely thin sheet of neurons deep within the cortex, yet it reaches out to every other region of the brain.
These animals build palaces out of their own snot
on June 6, 2020 at 7:02 pm
Every animal has its own idea of the perfect home. For the giant larvacean, that home is pretty darn weird—and new research shows that their slimy homes are even wackier than we thought. With their bulbous heads and flat tails, these gelatinous ...
Psilocybin Seems to Turn Down 'Ego Center' in Brain
by Traci Pedersen on June 6, 2020 at 6:27 pm
In a new study, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers analyzed the brain scans of people after they took psilocybin, the active compound in psychedelic (magic) mushrooms, to see what happens in the brain when people are on psychedelics. The team ...
Why Do Some Older Adults Have Better Recall Than Others?
by Janice Wood on June 6, 2020 at 4:51 pm
A faltering memory is often considered an expected part of aging, but it is not inevitable, according to a new study. “Some individuals exhibit remarkable maintenance of memory function throughout late adulthood, whereas others experience significant ...
Scientists tackle starﬁsh plagues on Great Barrier Reef
by Allison Hirschlag on June 6, 2020 at 4:09 pm
Upon first glance, the crown-of-thorns starfish looks a lot like an enemy creature you'd find in a nature-based video game. Long spikes cover its body, which can reach 2½ feet in diameter. It's somewhat reminiscent of a land mine, if a land mine had 14 to 21 ...