Two bars of chocolate a day “lowers risk of stroke and heart disease” WAIT, WHAT?

Two bars of chocolate a day “lowers risk of stroke and heart disease” WAIT, WHAT?

By Mark Young, Managing Editor, June 16, 2015 – Like many of you, when I saw this headline I did a double take and said “can this be true?” I mean I could hear my doctors saying, you can’t have chocolate, it’s not good for you, blah, blah, blah….and then this news. For chocoholics (I’m just an ordinary chocolate lover) of the world, it should have been a “BREAKING NEWS” or “NEWS ALERT” headline.  Instead, this article was buried among […]

by · June 16, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, Health, Medical, Science
This Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image shows deposits of glass (in green) created by impacts. (IMAGE: NASA/JPL-CALTECH/JHUAPL/UNIV. OF ARIZONA)

NASA finds glass on Mars, which could help the hunt for alien life

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, June 15, 2015 – For the first time, a spacecraft orbiting Mars has detected glass deposits inside craters on the red planet — a possible boon in the hunt for signs of past Martian life. Researchers think that the glass was created when impactors (meteoroids, asteroids or comets) slammed into Mars, superheating the Martian dirt and turning parts of the surface into glass. Scientists using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) were able to see glass on […]

by · June 15, 2015 · Government, Mars, News, Science, space
NASA is starting to upload 4K, 60fps videos to YouTube

NASA is starting to upload 4K, 60fps videos to YouTube

By Sean O’Kane, TheVerge, June 13, 2015 – The vast beauty of space is about to look even more beautiful on your computer screen. Starting today, NASA will offer “4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD)” videos on YouTube, taking advantage of the site’s relatively new ability to serve up 4K videos at a super smooth frame rate of 60 frames-per-second. The first UHD video, seen above, is a (frustratingly) short tease of the beautiful moving images that are sure to come. It was […]

by · June 13, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, News, Science, space, Videos

Dwarf Planet Ceres Revealed in Amazing Video

By Mike Wall, Senior Writer, June 10, 2015 – An amazing new video lets viewers fly over and around the dwarf planet Ceres, getting a great look at its heavily cratered surface. The new Ceres video, which NASA released today (June 8), was created using 80 images captured by the space agency’s Dawn spacecraft. Some photos were taken from Dawn’s first mapping orbit of the dwarf planet, which lay at an altitude of about 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers), while […]

by · June 10, 2015 · Featured, Government, News, Science, space, Videos
Lung cancer cells (green) cultured together with normal lung cells (red). The triple-antibody combination EGFR, HER2 and HER3 strongly impairs the survival of tumor cells while sparing normal cells. Modified confocal microscopy image: Maicol Mancini, lab of Prof. Yosef Yarden

Study: Triple Treatment Keeps Cancer from Coming Back

By Weizmann Institute of Science, via Yale Health, June 5, 2015 – Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide, responsible for some 1.59 million deaths a year. That figure is due, in part, to the fact that the cancer often returns after what, at first, seems to be successful treatment. And the recurring cancer is often resistant to the chemotherapy and other drugs that originally drove it into remission. According to new research by the Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Yosef […]

by · June 5, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, Health, Medical, Science
In this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the central region of the galaxy NGC 3862, an extragalactic jet of material moving at nearly the speed of light can be seen at the three o'clock position. The jet of ejected plasma is powered by energy from a supermassive black hole at the center of the elliptical galaxy, which is located 260 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo.

Hubble Witness to Relativistic Crash in a Black Hole Jet

BY IAN O’NEILL, Discovery News – June 4, 2015 – Often we mistakenly view astronomy as a static science — the distant universe is constant and unchanging, right? Not only is this mindset woefully inaccurate, astronomers can also prove it over timescales of only a few years. Take, for example, this stunning observation by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers have stitched together 20 years-worth of images of the spiral galaxy NGC 3862, which is located some 260 million light-years from […]

New Horizons has spotted all of Pluto's moons.

NASA probe sees all 5 of Pluto’s known moons for the first time

By Miriam Kramr, Mashable, May 16, 2015 – For the first time, a probe speeding toward Pluto has seen all the known members of the dwarf planet’s cosmic family. NASA’s New Horizons probe caught sight of Pluto and all five of its known moons for the first time in new photos and animations released this week. The probe had previously imaged Pluto, its largest moon Charon and two of its smallest moons Hydra and Nix, but now, New Horizons has caught […]

by · May 16, 2015 · Featured, Government, News, Science, space
We’re closer to solving mystery of bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres (Video)

We’re closer to solving mystery of bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres (Video)

By Miriam Kramer, Mashable, May 12, 2015 – A NASA spacecraft orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres has captured new, striking photos of the cosmic body’s mysterious bright spots. Scientists still aren’t sure exactly what is causing the reflectivity in the crater on the planet’s northern hemisphere, but they are getting closer to an answer. The new images from the Dawn probe have revealed new details about the spots photographed earlier in the Ceres mission. SEE ALSO: Rocky planets — like […]

NASA expert: We’ll find indications of alien life in next decade (Video)

NASA expert: We’ll find indications of alien life in next decade (Video)

By Lori Grisham, USA TODAY Network, April 9, 2015 – We are on the verge of confirming alien life in the solar system, says NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan. It will likely happen within the next few decades, Stofan said at a panel discussion held Tuesday at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The alien life will likely be small microbes, not “little green men,” she said. “We’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade and we’re […]

Psychological Evaluations: What You Don’t Learn on TV’s “Criminal Minds”

Psychological Evaluations: What You Don’t Learn on TV’s “Criminal Minds”

By Dr. Michelle Hintz, Psychologist, for, Mar. 30, 2015 – Viewers regularly see characters on television getting something called ‘a psych eval,’ including investigators on shows like “Criminal Minds” and “Bones”. They never quite explain what it is, though. Emily Prentiss, the star of Criminal Minds, twists the truth when answering questions from an unseen department psychologist after seeing her friend killed, her mental health assured by the fact that she is seeing a new man, Sergio (which is actually […]

by · March 30, 2015 · Consumer, Featured, Health, Medical, Science
Ceres is seen in an image by NASA's Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet.

NASA releases new photos showing strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres (video)

By Brian Ries,, Mar 4, 2015 – A NASA spacecraft that’s nearing dwarf planet Ceres has returned new images showing the mysterious lights that have scientists scratching their heads. The images, released in the form of a GIF on the website for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, show at least two strange lights shining brightly as Ceres rotates. They were taken from about 25,000 miles away by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on its approach to orbit around Ceres. The origin of the […]

by · March 4, 2015 · Education, Featured, News, Science, space
Two strange reflective patches spotted on Ceres. (NASA, JPL)

Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

By Chris Taylor,, Feb 26, 2015 – A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are. As bizarre as that sentence sounds, that’s the situation with Ceres — the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, officially designated as a dwarf planet (the same category as Pluto). NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is approaching Ceres ahead of a March 6 rendezvous. The picture above was […]

by · February 26, 2015 · Featured, Government, News, Science