“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” New crew launches to ISS
‘Tis the season for airplane travel. We may be looking forward to getting where we’re going, but most aspects of the travel itself are merely endured. There’s stressful security, the madding crowd and the scrum at boarding. But take heart: there are scientifically proven ways to improve the boarding process or at least speed it up so it can be over and done with more quickly.
The season of giving is often also the season of over-indulging at the dinner table. As Thanksgiving approaches, chemists take a look down at our stomachs to find out what happens when you overeat.
There are plenty of body parts that don’t grow back when you lose them. Nails are an exception, and a new study reveals some of the reasons why. A team of researchers has identified a new population of nail stem cells, which have the ability to either self-renew or undergo specialization or differentiation into multiple tissues.
“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” NASA is with you when you fly NASA invited social media members Nov. 18 and 19 to the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center for a two-day event highlighting the ways NASA is with you when you fly. The NASA social gave participants an exclusive look at the latest tools and technologies being developed to improve the efficiency, safety and adaptability of air transportation.
Scientists are wrapping up a two-year study to determine the best combination of corn hybrids, planting dates and maturity to maintain yield and maximize water-use efficiency.
Internal bleeding is a leading cause of death on the battlefield, but a new, injectable material developed by a team of researchers could buy wounded soldiers the time they need to survive by preventing blood loss from serious internal injuries.
Seventy-four percent of parents would consider removing their kids from daycare if other children were unvaccinated, while 41 percent of parents say under-vaccinated kids should be excluded from daycare.
Researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well as the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks. The system then created completely new variants on the tricks.
The giant, balloon-like inflatable robot named Baymax in Disney’s Big Hero 6 has its roots in real-world research conducted by iRobot Corporation, Carnegie Mellon Univ. and Otherlab under DARPA’s Maximum Mobility Manipulation (M3) program. The film’s co-director said he was inspired to cast Baymax as an air-filled, soft robot after he saw an inflatable robotic arm on a visit to Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute.
“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Orion rolled out and mated
Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But using some of the most powerful supercomputers now available, a climate scientist was able to complete a run in just three months.
The largest sunspot seen in 24 years is rotating back to face the Earth, and it looks to have grown even bigger. Last month, the solar active region known as AR12192 entertained the world with the sunspot clearly visible to the naked eye as it produced a series of large flares. But, after spending some time over on the far side of the sun, it hasn’t finished impressing us yet.
Researchers have developed a potential new weapon in the fight against cancer: a daisy-shaped drug carrier that’s many thousands of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. Once injected into the bloodstream, millions of these nanodaisies sneak inside cancer cells and release a cocktail of drugs to destroy them from within.