July 1, 2015

0 Comments

New Horizons Detects Methane on Pluto’s Surface

New Horizons on its Approach to Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has detected frozen methane on Pluto’s surface. Yes, there is methane on Pluto, and, no, it doesn’t come from cows. The infrared spectrometer on NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has detected frozen methane on Pluto’s surface; Earth-based astronomers first observed the chemical compound on Pluto in 1976. “We already knew there […]

Continue reading...

July 1, 2015

0 Comments

Crystals Grown in Microgravity Lead to New Therapeutics for Disease

Crystals Grown in Microgravity Lead to New Therapeutics for Disease

The newest Benefits for Humanity video highlights how high-quality crystals grown in microgravity lead to new therapeutics for disease. In one of many direct Earth applications of International Space Station research, the newest Benefits for Humanity video in the Benefits series highlights how the investigation of protein crystals in space is helping to treat Duchenne […]

Continue reading...

June 30, 2015

0 Comments

UC Engineers Break Distance Barriers for Fiber Optic Signals

Engineers Break Power and Distance Barriers for Fiber Optic Communication

Scientists at UC Diego have increased the maximum power at which optical signals can be sent through optical fibers, breaking key barriers that limit the distance information can travel in fiber optic cables and still be accurately deciphered by a receiver. This advance has the potential to increase the data transmission rates for the fiber […]

Continue reading...

June 30, 2015

0 Comments

Cancer Drug Prolongs the Life of Fruit Flies, Could Do the Same for Humans

Cancer Drug Prolongs Life

Using a cancer drug called Trametinib, biologists have extended the life expectancy in fruit flies by around twelve percent. The researchers believe that the substance could be used to develop future anti-aging drugs to extend life expectancy in humans. Humans, yeasts and fruit flies began to evolve separately millions of years ago. Nevertheless, the cellular […]

Continue reading...

June 30, 2015

2 Comments

Astronomers Discover Disilicon Carbide in Space

Astronomers Discover Dust-Forming Molecule Si-C-Si

After decades of speculation and searching, astronomers have discovered the important dust-forming molecule Si-C-Si (disilicon carbide) in space. The space between stars is not empty — it contains a vast reservoir of diffuse material with about 5-10% of the total mass of our Milky Way galaxy. Most of the material is gas, but about 1% […]

Continue reading...

June 30, 2015

0 Comments

LiquiGlide Nonstick Coating Coming to Consumer Goods

LiquiGlide Nonstick Coating Ready for Consumer Goods

You won’t have to shake, rattle and roll those last drops of condiments out of the bottle anymore. LiquiGlide, a liquid-impregnated coating that acts as a slippery barrier between a surface and a viscous liquid, has just been licensed to a major consumer-goods company. The days of wasting condiments — and other products — that […]

Continue reading...

June 30, 2015

0 Comments

Lysosomes May Contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease

Lysosomes May Contribute to Alzheimer's

New research from Yale University shows lysosomes, the “garbage disposal” systems of cells, can fail and perhaps contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Lysosomes, the “garbage disposal” systems of cells, are found in great abundance near the amyloid plaques in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have long assumed that their presence was […]

Continue reading...

June 30, 2015

1 Comment

Could The Prandtl-m Become the First Mars Airplane?

Could This Be the First Mars Airplane

Later this year NASA researchers will test prototype aircraft aerodynamics that could lead to the first aircraft on Mars. When an aircraft makes its first flight on Mars in the 2020s, a NASA Armstrong innovation may have made it possible. A prototype of the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-m, which […]

Continue reading...

June 30, 2015

0 Comments

NASA Monitors a Rare X-ray Outburst from a Stellar-Mass Black Hole

NASA Monitors a Waking Black Hole

Astronomers around the world are watching the onset of a rare X-ray outburst from a stellar-mass black hole in the binary system V404 Cygni. On June 15, NASA’s Swift caught the onset of a rare X-ray outburst from a stellar-mass black hole in the binary system V404 Cygni. Astronomers around the world are watching the […]

Continue reading...

June 29, 2015

0 Comments

15 Must-See Nebula Images from the European Southern Observatory

Reflection Nebula Messier 78

Over the years the European Southern Observatory has provided a state-of-the-art research facility for astronomers around the globe. Many ground breaking discoveries have been made and many breathtaking images have been recorded. The following fifteen must-see images are some of the best nebula images ever captured.

Continue reading...

June 29, 2015

1 Comment

11 Billion Year Old Stars Have Earth-like Planets

Study Shows Even Stars Older Than 11 Billion Years Have Earth-Like Planets

A newly published study has shown with high precision that even stars older than 11 billion years have Earth-like planets. A new study of 33 Kepler stars with solar-like oscillations to be published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. According to lead author of the article Víctor Silva Aguirre from the Stellar Astrophysics […]

Continue reading...

June 29, 2015

0 Comments

New Battery Design Cuts Lithium-Ion Battery Cost in Half

New Technique Slices Lithium-Ion Battery Cost in Half

By using a battery design that is a hybrid between flow batteries and conventional solid ones, engineers have developed a new manufacturing approach that slices lithium-ion battery cost in half. An advanced manufacturing approach for lithium-ion batteries, developed by researchers at MIT and at a spinoff company called 24M, promises to significantly slash the cost […]

Continue reading...

June 29, 2015

0 Comments

Overuse of Medical Services Increases Healthcare Costs

Is Healthcare Taking Advantage of You

Are doctors running the bill up on you? A new study from Yale University shows that a key factor to increased healthcare costs is overuse of medical services. As the cost of health care in the United States continues to rise, a new study by Yale researchers offers insight into a key factor influencing increased […]

Continue reading...

June 29, 2015

0 Comments

Study Shows Muscle Contraction May Contribute to Stroke Damage

New Research Shows Muscle Contraction May Contribute to Stroke Damage

The precise regulation of cerebral blood flow is critical for normal brain function, and its disruption underlies many neuropathologies. Using optical imaging, researchers from Yale University found that capillary pericytes in mice and humans do not express smooth muscle actin and are morphologically and functionally distinct from adjacent precapillary smooth muscle cells (SMCs). An investigation […]

Continue reading...

June 29, 2015

0 Comments

SOFIA Telescope Preparing for Pluto’s Occultation

SOFIA to View Pluto Occultation

The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy will attempt to view the dwarf planet Pluto as it passes in front of a distant star. The Stratosphere Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft that makes celestial observations with its German-built 100-inch telescope. The telescope is enhanced to collect infrared radiation, and is […]

Continue reading...

June 29, 2015

0 Comments

Cassini Reveals the Spirals in Saturn’s D Ring

Cassini Views Spirals in the D Ring

In this image NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft reveals the spiral structures in Saturn’s D ring. Although the D ring of Saturn is so thin that it’s barely noticeable compared to the rest of the ring system, it still displays structures seen in other Saturnian rings. Here the spiral structures in the D ring are on display. […]

Continue reading...

June 29, 2015

0 Comments

Hubble Views Starbursting Galaxy SBS 1415+437

Hubble Space Telescope Views Galaxy SBS 1415+437

This Hubble image of the week shows a galaxy named SBS 1415+437 or SDSS CGB 12067.1, which is located roughly 45 million light-years from Earth. SBS 1415+437 is a Wolf–Rayet galaxy, a type of starbursting galaxy with an unusually high number of extremely hot and massive stars known as Wolf–Rayet stars. These stars can be […]

Continue reading...

June 26, 2015

0 Comments

Meteor Shower Viewed From the Space Station

Meteor Shower Viewed From the Space Station

Today’s NASA Image of the Day is titled “Watching Meteors From the Space Station.” Astronaut Ron Garan, Expedition 28 flight engineer, tweeted this image from the International Space Station in August, 2011 with the following caption: “What a `Shooting Star’ looks like from space, taken yesterday during Perseid Meteor Shower.” A special camera to record […]

Continue reading...