Science & Technology

A More Powerful Season

The skies over sMars have started to clear. Spring has come at last to simulated Mars. You might be asking: what does that mean? Are the snows melting? Are soft green blades breaking through the bare, furrowed ground? Are flowers blooming and birds returning from their winter abodes somewhere on the other side of the…

Sleeping With Ebola

By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog, Medical Discovery News When you get sick, how do you know when it’s safe to come into contact with other people without spreading the infection? For many infections such as influenza, you get sick one to four days after being exposed, and you can spread the virus for…

NASA Just Opened Up Access To 2.95 Million Images Of Earth

For the past 16 years, a Japanese-built instrument aboard a NASA research satellite has been quietly gathering data about Earth’s changing surface. Those changes include everything from volcanic eruptions and massive wildfires to the worst North Korean drought in a century. NASA made the data publicly available on Friday for free — including more than 2.95 million…

Climate Change… We've Been Stalling Too Long

“The evidence speaks for itself … with all the science surrounding climate change, it’s not a secret and certainly not a debate. It is, most importantly, a time for action. We’ve been stalling for too long,” said Marcia McNutt, the incoming president of the National Academy of Sciences and the first woman to lead the…

The Rise of Zika

By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog, Medical Discovery News Have you noticed in the past few years, we seem to be continuously assaulted by microbial menaces? Some years back it was SARS, which set off a global panic. People were screened for fevers at many major international airports. Then came the West Nile virus,…

The Seduction of the (Planet) X

The search for the ninth planet in the Solar System is on. Michael E. Brown, a researcher in planetary astronomy at Caltech is a servant of the 24th letter in the English alphabet, forever searching for the next big body in the Solar System, the yearned planet ‘X’. You most certainly did not miss the…

World's Brightest X-Ray Laser Is Getting A Big Upgrade

The brightest X-ray laser in the world is undergoing a major upgrade. The Linac Coherent Light Source, the world’s first very-high-energy X-ray electron laser, launched at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in 2009. Ever since, the record-breaking laser has given us an unprecedented glimpse of how things happen on the atomic level…

You Won't Believe What Colorado Is About To Legalize

Colorado is mighty progressive on some issues, but it’s the only state in the country with a ban on residential rain barrels. Now, that ban may be on its way out. In March, the state’s Democrat-controlled House almost unanimously advanced a bill striking down the state’s ban on residential rain barrels. Last week, the Republican-controlled…