T-Minus 12 Days to Perihelion, Rosetta’s Comet Up Close and in 3D

We’ve never seen a comet as close as this. Taken shortly before touchdown by the Philae lander on November 12, 2014, you’re looking across a scene just 32 feet from side to side (9.7-meters) or about the size of a living room. Part of the lander is visible at upper right. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR Enlarge With […]

Highly active volcano erupts on Reunion amid media frenzy

Lava erupts from the Piton de la Fournaise "Peak of the Furnace" volcano, on the southeastern corner of the Indian Ocean island of Reunion Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Spewing red-hot lava, one of the most active volcanoes in the world is currently erupting on this Indian Ocean island, where the world's attention has been focused […]

Snake in the Grass! Huge Everglades Python Shows Invasive Issue

Interns practiced handling the giant python before it was euthanized and dissected by researchers.Credit: USGS Enlarge A giant python — about as long as a shipping container — that was captured in Everglades National Park in Florida earlier this month has now been euthanized, authorities say. The accidental finding of this snake shows how easily […]

Putin puts Crimean archaeological site under federal control

The remains of the ancient city of Chersonesus, 528 years. BCE. Oe. Founded by the ancient Greeks Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Saturday placed a major archaeological site in Crimea, which he has hailed as the country's most sacred spiritual symbol, under federal control following turmoil over the appointment of its director. The Kremlin said […]

First Direct Evidence of the Formation Process of Brown Dwarfs

Artist’s conception of a very young, still-forming brown dwarf, with a disk of material orbiting it, and jets of material ejected outward from the poles of the disk. Credit: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF Using the Very Large Array, an international team of astronomers has discovered jets of material ejected by still-forming young brown dwarfs, revealing the […]

Smog threatens visitors to U.S. national parks: report

The US National Park service  Enlarge (HealthDay)—Air pollution afflicts many national parks across the United States, a new study suggests. Air quality in some of the parks is as bad or worse than in some major cities because of pollution from sources such as coal-fired power stations, the National Parks Conservation Association says in a new […]

Shell resumes offshore oil drilling in Arctic

A ShellNo flotilla participant paddles in a kayak during demonstrations on May 16, 2015 in Seattle, Washington Oil giant Shell has resumed offshore drilling operations in Alaskan waters, the company said Friday, after one of its icebreakers was delayed for nearly two days by protesters dangling from a bridge. Greenpeace activists were suspended from a […]

Is Our Universe a Fake?

By Robert Lawrence Kuhn, creator and host, "Closer To Truth" Credit: NASA, ESA, H. Teplitz, M. Rafelski (IPAC/Caltech), A. Koekemoer (STScI), R. Windhorst (Arizona State University), and Z. Levay (STScI) Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's leading thinkers exploring […]

16-Year-Old’s DNA Experiment Will Fly in Space

Anna-Sophia Boguraev, 16, of Bedford, New York, won the first ever Genes in Space contest for student experiments on the International Space Station. She can be seen here standing to the left of NASA astronaut Sunita Williams (center). They are joined by other Genes in Space student finalists at the 2015 ISS Research and Development […]

What is Thiamine (Vitamin B1)?

Foods rich in thiamine (vitamin B1) include beef, liver, beans, nuts and rice.Credit: Wasu Watcharadachaphong | Shuttstock Vitamin B1, also called thiamine, is a B complex vitamin. It is found in many foods and is vitally important to keeping a body operating properly.  "Thiamine is involved in many body functions including the nervous system, heart and […]

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