Sunday, 19 February 2017

SpaceX Falcon lifts off from historic Kennedy Space Centre

SpaceX Falcon lifts off from historic Kennedy Space Centre

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasts off from a historic NASA launch pad at the Kennedy Space Centre.

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Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids

Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites a Department of Energy Website for Kids

“These websites are actually giving us clues as to what this administration is going to do, much more so than the very public media show that we are getting through the White House press secretary, through President Trump tweeting or through Kellyanne Conway on ‘Meet the Press,’” said Jennifer Wingard, an associate professor of rhetoric at the University of Houston. “It is intentional, these shifts in words are meaningful, and it’s smart to pay attention to them.”

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Nasa could discover whether life exists outside of planet Earth within 20 years, scientist says

Nasa could discover whether life exists outside of planet Earth within 20 years, scientist says

Scientists could discover whether life exists outside of planet Earth within the next 20 years, answering one of the most “fundamental questions” facing humanity, a senior Nasa official has said.  Dr Kevin Hand is one of the leading officials involved in the US space agency’s mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter which has a vast ocean beneath a crust of ice that could potentially harbour extra-terrestrial life.

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We Can Colonize the Moon by 2022—and for Less than the Cost of an Aircraft Carrier

We Can Colonize the Moon by 2022—and for Less than the Cost of an Aircraft Carrier

By 2022 (that’s just six years from now), and with $10 billion—which is cheaper than a single US aircraft carrier—the Earth could already set up a small colony on the moon. “The big takeaway is that new technologies, some of which have nothing to do with space—such as self-driving cars and waste-recycling toilets—are going to be incredibly useful in space, and are driving down the cost of a moon base to the point where it might be easy to do,” Chris McKay says in a Popular Science issue.

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Berenice Abbott’s Stunning Vintage Black-and-White Photographs of Scientific Phenomena

Berenice Abbott’s Stunning Vintage Black-and-White Photographs of Scientific Phenomena

The abstract beauty of science, made mesmerizingly visible.

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Brain network connections may underlie social behavior linked to autism

Brain network connections may underlie social behavior linked to autism

Evaluating the strength of connections in the brain is one avenue researchers have been exploring to help identify children at risk for autism spectrum disorder earlier in life. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, with colleagues from the multicenter Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) network, have found associations between brain connectivity and a key social behavior that is a central feature of autism. If it becomes possible to identify children with autism spectrum disorder earlier...

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Breaking Up Feels Different for Men and Women

Breaking Up Feels Different for Men and Women

The emotional and physical effects right after a breakup are different for men and women, but so is their recovery, according to a recent study. Researchers from Binghamton University and University College London asked 5,705 participants in 96 countries to dig deep into those emotional memories and recall their last breakup. The researchers then asked the participants to rate their emotional and physical pain following that breakup on a scale of one (none) to 10 (horrible).

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