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National Solar Observatory Predicts Large Sunspot for Thanksgiving
Space
National Solar Observatory Predicts Large Sunspot for Thanksgiving
2020-11-24 21:03:19
by Dan McCue

BOULDER, Colo. - A giant sunspot is expected to traverse the Earth-facing side of the Sun by Thanksgiving, according to scientists at the National Science Foundation's National Solar Observatory. They based their prediction, first made on Nov. 18, on a... Read More

Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics
Opinions
Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics

The global COVID-19 pandemic, with all its devastating consequences, has reaffirmed why science must be at the center of policy considerations, political debate, and media attention. But, lamentably, it is often at the center for all the wrong reasons. Against... Read More

Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful
Research
Fed Up With the Election? Science Explains How Politics Got So Awful

One year ago, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security assessed the readiness of 195 countries around the world to confront a deadly disease outbreak. Topping the list of most-prepared nations was the United States of America. But that forecast... Read More

SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 years
Space
SpaceX Capsule and NASA Crew Make 1st Splashdown in 45 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company. It was... Read More

Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
Mental Health
Cognitive Testing, Politics, and the Very Real Issue of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
2020-07-30 17:57:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - For weeks it had been the stuff of living room banter and fodder for self-quarantining late night comedians. Suddenly, apparently on a whim, the president who once described himself as a "very stable genius," was talking about how... Read More

The More We Stay Home, The Less the Coronavirus Spreads. Here’s the Evidence
Health
The More We Stay Home, The Less the Coronavirus Spreads. Here’s the Evidence

Remember when you decided against a trip to the dog park, a meet-up at a sports bar, or a visit to your sister’s house? New research shows that such social distancing decisions mattered back in April, when the coronavirus was... Read More

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
In The News
FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Cannabis Research
2020-07-22 12:43:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance establishing rules for lawfully researching cannabis. The guidance is limited to the development of drugs and does not cover other FDA-regulated products. Nevertheless, the release of the document and... Read More

Look Out, Mars: Here We Come With a Fleet of Spacecraft
Space
Look Out, Mars: Here We Come With a Fleet of Spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. Three countries — the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates — are sending unmanned spacecraft to the red planet in quick... Read More

FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
Health
FDA Issues Guidance on Development of a Safe and Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
2020-06-30 21:06:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a series of recommendations Tuesday that it say should help facilitate the timely development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The agency said the guidance reflects advice it has been... Read More

Study Suggests Climate Change Increasing Pregnancy Issues in Minority Communities
Science
Study Suggests Climate Change Increasing Pregnancy Issues in Minority Communities
2020-06-26 20:07:08
by Jacob Pederson

Climate change is increasing the likelihood of low birth weights, premature births, and stillbirths in minority communities, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study’s authors said while they found detrimental impacts... Read More

Senate Plans Legislation to Prepare for Next Pandemic Like COVID-19
Health
Senate Plans Legislation to Prepare for Next Pandemic Like COVID-19
2020-06-23 19:10:37
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate tried Tuesday to respond to warnings from infectious disease experts that coronavirus is only an example of other pandemics that are coming soon. The World Health Organization has warned that a global population topping 7.8... Read More

US Honeybees Are Doing Better After Bad Year, Survey Shows
Science
US Honeybees Are Doing Better After Bad Year, Survey Shows

American honeybee colonies have bounced back after a bad year, the annual beekeeping survey finds. Beekeepers only lost 22.2% of their colonies this past winter, from Oct. 1 to March 31, which is lower than the average of 28.6%, according... Read More

Saharan Dust Plume Blankets Caribbean, Putting Hurricane Season On Pause
Science
Saharan Dust Plume Blankets Caribbean, Putting Hurricane Season On Pause
2020-06-23 12:16:44
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON –– A massive plume of dust from the Sahara Desert is slowly making its way from the west coast of Africa towards North and South America, creating drier-than-usual atmospheric conditions over the Atlantic Ocean. The cloud, which astronauts have... Read More

Malaria Drug Fails to Prevent COVID-19 in a Rigorous Study
Health
Malaria Drug Fails to Prevent COVID-19 in a Rigorous Study

A malaria drug President Donald Trump took to try to prevent COVID-19 proved ineffective for that in the first large, high-quality study to test it in people in close contact with someone with the disease. Results published Wednesday by the New England... Read More

SpaceX Docks at the International Space Station With Two NASA Astronauts for the First Time
Space
SpaceX Docks at the International Space Station With Two NASA Astronauts for the First Time

ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule eased its way to the International Space Station on Sunday morning, autonomously docking and marking the first time an American commercial capsule with humans aboard performed the feat. The docking, which concluded shortly... Read More

New Poll Finds Majority of Hawaiians Support Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds Majority of Hawaiians Support Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope
2020-05-29 12:29:26
by Dan McCue

A majority of Hawaii residents continue to support the construction of a new observatory atop the dormant Maunakea volcano on the Big Island of the archipelago, despite protests that have brought the project to a standstill, a new poll shows.... Read More

NOAA Hurricane Forecast Predicts Busy 2020 Hurricane Season
In The News
NOAA Hurricane Forecast Predicts Busy 2020 Hurricane Season

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The federal government’s hurricane season forecast, released Thursday, predicts an above-average season, offering little hope of a break from strong storms in an already challenging year. The forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls... Read More

Bee Species Rediscovered After Scientists Thought It May No Longer Exist
Environment
Bee Species Rediscovered After Scientists Thought It May No Longer Exist

A species of bee from Florida that scientists thought might no longer exist was rediscovered earlier this spring, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History. Before then, the blue calamintha bee had not been observed since 2016. “I was... Read More

NASA Selects Three Companies to Design New Lunar Landing Craft
Science
NASA Selects Three Companies to Design New Lunar Landing Craft
2020-04-30 19:58:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NASA awarded contracts to three companies on Thursday to design and develop human landing systems, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024 as part of the... Read More

New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
In The News
New Mexico Governor Declares Space Her State's Next Frontier
2020-01-13 16:57:20
by Dan McCue

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham last week declared the burgeoning space industry is one of her nine economic growth sectors for the state. “New Mexico is truly breaking barriers in the space industry,” the governor said as she opened... Read More

US Astronaut Sets Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman
In The News
US Astronaut Sets Record for Longest Spaceflight by a Woman

A U.S. astronaut set a record Saturday for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, breaking the old mark of 288 days with about two months left in her mission. Christina Koch, a 40-year-old electrical engineer from Livingston, Montana, arrived... Read More

‘Hidden Figures’ to Receive Congressional Gold Medals
Science
‘Hidden Figures’ to Receive Congressional Gold Medals

Four historic “hidden figures” from NASA Langley Research Center will receive Congressional Gold Medals for their pioneering work during the space race and beyond. A bipartisan bill recognizing Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson for their groundbreaking... Read More

Elon Musk Plans For SpaceX Starship Orbital Launch in 6 Months
Business
Elon Musk Plans For SpaceX Starship Orbital Launch in 6 Months

ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gave an update on the progress of the company’s next-generation space vehicle, Starship, with plans to get an orbital test launch within six months and people on board within a year. In a... Read More

Children’s Climate Change Lawsuit Considered by Appeals Court for Constitutionality
Litigation
Children’s Climate Change Lawsuit Considered by Appeals Court for Constitutionality
2019-06-07 21:35:36
by Tom Ramstack

A federal appeals court in Portland, Oregon heard arguments this week in a lawsuit that accuses the Trump administration of endangering the future of children by its environmental policies that do little to avoid climate change. The lawsuit was filed... Read More

Trump Administration Imposes New Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research
Science
Trump Administration Imposes New Restrictions on Fetal Tissue Research
2019-06-05 21:21:47
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will sharply reduce the amount of federal money supporting medical research that relies on tissue from aborted fetuses, handing a significant victory to anti-abortion groups who had lobbied for such a decision for... Read More

Remains of Last Known Ship to Carry Slaves to US Found Near Mobile Bay
In The News
Remains of Last Known Ship to Carry Slaves to US Found Near Mobile Bay
2019-05-24 18:48:00
by Dan McCue

The remains of the schooner Clotilda, the last known vessel to carry enslaved African captives to the United States has been found near the mouth of a river that empties into Mobile Bay in Alabama. Search Inc., a Florida-based archaeology... Read More

NASA Test Flights in Reno Aim to Set Stage for Future Drone Package Deliveries
Science
NASA Test Flights in Reno Aim to Set Stage for Future Drone Package Deliveries
2019-05-24 01:45:16
by Dan McCue

NASA launched the final stage of its four-year program to create a national traffic management system for drones this week, a move that brings home delivery of packages, medical supplies and even pizza by small unmanned aircraft one step closer... Read More

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