NASA investigation linked 2015 Falcon 9 failure to design error

WASHINGTON — A NASA investigation into a 2015 SpaceX launch failure concluded a design flaw, rather than a manufacturing defect, likely initiated the chain of events that destroyed the vehicle. NASA released March…

Will Smith narrates ‘One Strange Rock,’ but astronauts are the real stars

National Geographic series embraces the wonder and weirdness of Earth “The strangest place in the whole universe might just be right here.” So says actor Will Smith, narrating the opening moments of a…

Scientists Are Revealing The Ancient Astronomy Secrets That Once Helped Build The Pyramids

Ever since humans could look up to see the sky, we have been amazed by its beauty and untold mysteries. Naturally then, astronomy is often described as the oldest of the sciences, inspiring…

The Next Frontier in Medicine Lies in Our Gut

There’s a great deal of promise within the gut microbiome. As of 2015, there were 3.1 million diagnosed cases of IBD in the U.S. (Getty Images)   Does the solution to solving diseases in…

NASA Seeks Market Research on Plasma Diagnostics for Gateway

To support the development of the power and propulsion element for NASA’s Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway, researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are studying a plasma diagnostic package (PDP), which will collect flight…

Any Ban on Killer Robots Faces a Tough Sell

The Harpy drone made by Israel Aerospace Industries can autonomously loiter in the air until it detects a radar target below. Credit: Israel Aerospace Industries   Fears of a Terminator-style arms race have already…

Brain waves may focus attention and keep information flowing

Studies suggest the oscillations created by nerve cell activity have roles of their own We can’t see it, but brains hum with electrical activity. Brain waves created by the coordinated firing of huge…

Deformation in Volcanoes Could Serve As Reliable Indicator of Future Eruptions

A new study from the Cambridge University revealed that the deformation, or the amount of bulging and shrinking, could predict when a volcano will erupt. The study, published in the journal Science Advances, showed…

Machine learning classifies cancer

Brain tumours are often classified by visual assessment of tumour cells, yet such diagnoses can vary depending on the observer. Machine-learning methods to spot molecular patterns could improve cancer diagnosis. Accurate diagnosis is…

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Biologists: Media Sensationalizes Animal Sex

Here paired female albatross; while the urge is to call these birds “lesbians,” two biologists say that can give the misinformation that human sexuality is a “disease” that can be “cured.” | Credit:…

ISRO aims for April 2018 launch of Chandrayaan-2

Picture for Representation , ISRO.gov.in The ISRO today said it is aiming for an April launch of the Chandrayaan-2 satellite to the moon, this time it plans to send a rover to explore the…

Hydrogen adsorption on doped MoS2 nanostructures

Abstract Electrochemical devices for efficient production of hydrogen as energy carrier rely still largely on rare platinum group metal catalysts. Chemically and structurally modified metal dichalcogenide MoS2 is a promising substitute for these critical…

Obesity promotes resistance to anti-VEGF therapy in breast cancer by up-regulating IL-6 and potentially FGF-2

Tailored treatment for cancer in obesity Antiangiogenic therapy with inhibitors of the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has not proven effective in patients with many tumor types, including breast cancer. Meanwhile, obesity is…

Underlying cause of brain injury in stroke

The study shows how identifying the source of damaging glutamate in stroke leads to discovery of brain protection with QNZ-46, a novel form of preventative treatment with clinical potential. Summary: New research shows…

A Bizarre Tectonic Plate “Bend” Is Causing Mexico’s Terrible Earthquakes, Study Shows

Six months have passed since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City, toppling 40 buildings and killing over 300, but the memory remains fresh. Condemned structures dot many neighborhoods, their facades crumbling. And after…