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  • SpaceX Launches Communications Satellite on 2nd-Ever Flight of New Rocket
    The latest version of SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 rocket lifted off for the second time ever today (July 22), lighting up the skies over Florida's Space Coast in a dazzling predawn launch.
  • Gangs, Drill and Prayer
    A new kind of religious outreach has been birthed from the mean streets of South London. It's called gospel drill, a particularly aggressive form of rap that has been refashioned to spread positive messages of hope and salvation. Gangs, Drill & Prayer explores this exploding phenomenon, the most consequential players at its center, and the controversies that have...
  • Data from Weather-Tracking Satellite Helps Scientists Predict Cholera Outbreak
    Hurricanes are devastating for the populations they hit, not only because of the damage caused by winds but also because of the increased risk of diseases after the storm passes.
  • Where to Search for Signs of Life on Titan
    New findings suggest that large craters are the prime locations in which to find the building blocks of life on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
  • Watch Live Tonight: SpaceX Launches Telstar Communications Satellite
    SpaceX will launch a powerful Telstar communications satellite into orbit early Sunday morning (July 22), testing out its new Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket for the second time.
  • Thick Dust Clouds Spotted Near Martian Ice Cap
    A thick cloud of dust moves over the surface of Mars near the planet's north polar ice cap in a stunning photograph.
  • Bug-Sized Robot Competitors to Swarm DARPA's 'Robot Olympics'
    Are you ready for the insect-sized-robot Olympics?
  • Should Breast-Feeding Women Really Drink Guinness?
    Is beer the route to better breast-feeding?
  • A week away from brightest Mars
    We're 1 week away from Mars' 2018 opposition, best appearance of Mars since 2003. It's extremely bright and very red, ascending in the east each evening now, crossing the sky for the rest of the night. Photos from the EarthSky community here.
  • Dust storm rolls in on Mars
    Forecast for Mars: dust! This smaller storm appeared on Mars in April, 2018, prior to the planet-wide storm happening now.
  • The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
    Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best.
  • Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week
    Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.
  • Mercury Redstone 4: Photos from Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 Spaceflight
    Gus Grissom, was one of NASA's original Mercury 7 astronauts and became the second American to go to space on July 21, 1961. See photos from his mission here!
  • On This Day In Space! July 21, 1961: Gus Grissom Becomes 2nd American in Space
    On July 21, 1961, NASA astronaut Gus Grissom completed the second successful human spaceflight mission for the United States. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series!
  • July 21, 1861: The First Battle of Bull Run
    In the first major land battle of the Civil War, a large Union force under General Irvin McDowell is routed by a Confederate army under General Pierre G.T. Beauregard. Three months after the Civil War erupted at Fort Sumter, Union military command still believed that the Confederacy could be crushed quickly and with little loss of life. In July, this overconfidence led to a premature offensive into northern Virginia by General McDowell. Searching out the Confederate forces, McDowell led 34,000 troops–mostly inexperienced and poorly trained militiamen–toward the railroad junction of Manassas, located just 30 miles from Washington, D.C. Alerted to the Union advance, General Beauregard massed some 20,000 troops there and was soon joined by General Joseph Johnston, who brought some 9,000 more troops by railroad. On the morning of July 21, hearing of the proximity of the two opposing forces, hundreds of civilians–men, women, and children–turned out to watch the first major battle of the Civil War. The fighting commenced with three Union divisions crossing the Bull Run stream, and the Confederate flank was driven back to Henry House Hill. However, at this strategic location, Beauregard had fashioned a strong defensive line anchored by a brigade of Virginia infantry under General Thomas J. Jackson. Firing from a concealed slope, Jackson’s men repulsed a series of Federal charges, winning Jackson his famous nickname “Stonewall.” Meanwhile, Confederate cavalry under J.E.B. Stuart captured the Union artillery, and Beauregard ordered a counterattack on the exposed Union right flank. The rebels came charging down the hill, yelling furiously, and McDowell’s line was broken, forcing his troops in a hasty retreat across Bull Run. The retreat soon became an unorganized flight, and supplies littered the road back to Washington. Union forces endured a loss of 3,000 men killed, wounded, or missing in action while the Confederates suffered 2,000 casualties. The scale of this bloodshed horrified not only the frightened spectators at Bull Run but also the U.S. government in Washington, which was faced with an uncertain military strategy in quelling the “Southern insurrection.”
  • Using adrenaline in cardiac arrests results in less than one percent more people leaving hospital alive
    A clinical trial of the use of adrenaline in cardiac arrests has found that its use results in less than 1 percent more people leaving hospital alive -- but almost doubles the risk of severe brain damage for survivors of cardiac arrest. The research raises important questions about the future use of adrenaline in such cases and will necessitate debate amongst healthcare professionals, patients and the public.
  • Sahara dust may make you cough, but it's a storm killer
    The bad news: Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa -- totaling a staggering 2 to 9 trillion pounds worldwide -- has been almost a biblical plague on Texas and much of the Southern United States in recent weeks. The good news: the same dust appears to be a severe storm killer.
  • Evidence of Salmonella Paratyphi C found for the first time in medieval northern Europe
    Genome research conducted by the University of Warwick suggests that enteric fever, a potentially lethal disease more commonly found in hot countries, was present in medieval Europe. The post Evidence of Salmonella Paratyphi C found for the first time in medieval northern Europe appeared first on HeritageDaily - Archaeology News.
  • Wearable device measures cortisol in sweat
    By drawing in a bit of sweat, a patch can reveal how much cortisol a person is producing. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone but is involved in many important physiological functions.
  • Parakeet pecking orders, basketball match-ups, and the tenure-track
    Researchers describe a new algorithm called SpringRank that uses wins and losses to quickly find rankings lurking in large networks. When tested on a wide range of synthetic and real-world datasets, ranging from teams in an NCAA college basketball tournament to the social behavior of animals, SpringRank outperformed other ranking algorithms in predicting outcomes and in efficiency.
  • The need for speed: Why malaria parasites are faster than human immune cells
    Elementary cytoskeleton protein is different in parasites and represents a starting point for a possible new therapy against malaria infections.
  • Eagle-eyed machine learning algorithm outdoes human experts
    Researchers have trained computers to quickly and consistently detect and analyze microscopic radiation damage to materials under consideration for nuclear reactors. And the computers bested humans in this arduous task.
  • Last Survivor of Uncontacted Tribe, 'Man of the Hole' Is Spotted in the Amazon
    Video footage shows the "Man of the Hole" chopping trees in the Amazon.
  • Jupiter's Breathtaking Cloud Formations on Display in New Juno Image
    Watching the clouds go by here on Earth is entertaining, but now we have an even better view of some stunning clouds on another world — Jupiter.
  • As Opportunity Rover Sleeps, Other NASA Craft Study Mars' Raging Dust Storm
    NASA’s Opportunity rover remains silent on the Red Planet, blanketed by a monster dust storm that many other Mars spacecraft are studying in detail.
  • Blob-Like Sea Monster Washes Up on Maine Beach
    What kind of sea monster is this?
  • Mars at Opposition 2018: How to See It and What to Expect
    Get ready to see the Red Planet up close this month: Just after Mars reaches opposition with the sun July 27, 2018, observers on Earth will have their closest view of the planet since 2003.
  • Who Owns the Moon? A Space Lawyer Answers
    Only less than a century ago, back on Earth, planting a national flag in another part of the world still amounted to claiming that territory for the fatherland. Did the Stars and Stripes on the moon signify the establishment of an American colony?
  • A peek into the interplay between sleep and wakefulness
    The ventrolateral preoptic nucleus (VLPO) in the brain plays a critical role in the initiation and maintenance of sleep, while the lateral posterior part of the hypothalamus contains neuronal populations implicated in maintenance of arousal. Now, a new study reveals that these arousal-related neurons are heavily innervated by GABAergic neurons in the preoptic area including the VLPO. The work provides important information to understand the mechanisms that control animals' sleep/wakefulness states.
  • How to weigh stars with gravitational lensing
    Astronomers have published the predictions of the passages of foreground stars in front of background stars. A team of astronomers, using ultra-precise measurements from the Gaia satellite, have accurately forecast two passages in the next months. Each event will produce shifts in the background star's position due to the deflection of light by gravity, and will allow the measurement of the mass of the foreground star, which is extremely difficult to determine by other means.
  • Secondhand smoke causing thousands of still births in developing countries
    Exposure to secondhand smoke is causing thousands of stillbirths in developing countries, according to new research.
  • Speed up solving complex problems: Be lazy and only work crucial tasks
    A new improvement to a programming technique called 'lazy grounding' could solve hard-set and complex issues in freight logistics, routing and power grids by drastically reducing computation times.
  • Wave energy converters are not geared towards the increase in energy over the last century
    Wave energy converters are designed to generate the maximum energy possible in their location and take a typical year in the location as a reference. Researchers have been exploring how ocean energy in Ireland has evolved during the last century. The results reveal an increase of up to 40%, which directly affects the output of the converters.
  • Houseplants could one day monitor home health
    A student from two unrelated disciplines -- plant sciences and architectural design -- explore the future of houseplants as aesthetically pleasing and functional sirens of home health. Their idea is to genetically engineer house plants to serve as subtle alarms that something is amiss in our home and office environments.
  • A molecular key for delaying the progression of Multiple Sclerosis is found
    In the lab it was possible to improve the symptoms in the chronic phase of the disease while encouraging the repair of the nervous tissue, and the challenge now is to move the research forward in humans.
  • Doctors rely on more than just data for medical decision-making
    A new study finds patients with similar medical profiles receive different treatments based on doctors' 'gut feelings.'
  • People love to hate do-gooders, especially at work
    Highly cooperative and generous people can attract hatred and social punishment, especially in competitive environments, new University of Guelph study finds.
  • World's fastest human-made spinning object could help study quantum mechanics
    Researchers have created the fastest human-made spinning object in the world, which they believe will help them study material science, quantum mechanics and the properties of vacuum.
  • Scientists reverse aging-associated skin wrinkles and hair loss in a mouse model
    Researchers have reversed wrinkled skin and hair loss, hallmarks of aging, in a mouse model. When a mutation leading to mitochondrial dysfunction is induced, the mouse develops wrinkled skin and extensive, visible hair loss in a matter of weeks. When the mitochondrial function is restored by turning off the gene responsible for mitochondrial dysfunction, the mouse returns to smooth skin and thick fur, indistinguishable from a healthy mouse of the same age.
  • Greening vacant lots reduces feelings of depression in city dwellers
    Greening vacant urban land significantly reduces feelings of depression and improves overall mental health for the surrounding residents, researchers show in a new randomized, controlled study. The findings have implications for cities across the United States, where 15 percent of land is deemed ''vacant'' and often blighted or filled with trash and overgrown vegetation.
  • This Week's Strangest Science News
    Ready to get weird? Here are some of the strangest stories on Live Science this week.
  • First Moonwalker Neil Armstrong's Memorabilia Heads to Auction
    The personal collection of the first man to set foot on the moon is heading to auction.
  • New Aeolus Mission Will Use a Laser to Monitor Earth's Winds (Video)
    After more than 16 years of development, Europe's newest wind-monitoring satellite will finally launch next month.
  • Image of the Day
    Planet Earth resembles a crescent moon in this photo taken from the Apollo 11 spacecraft during the first lunar landing mission in 1969. Visible on the sunlit side of our planet is part of east Africa.
  • How Big is Jupiter?
    Jupiter is about 318 times as big as Earth.
  • Watch Astronauts Set Foot on the Moon in Historic NASA Footage Streaming Today
    Forty-nine years ago today, on July 20, 1969, humans set foot on the moon for the first time in history.
  • 'Apollo 11' Film to Show First Moon Landing Like Never Before
    A new cinematic space event film promises to show audiences the historic Apollo 11 first moon landing mission like they have never seen before. "Apollo 11" will feature never-before-seen large-format film footage of the 1969 NASA mission.
  • Woman Tried to Treat Athlete’s Foot with Raw Garlic. It Burned Through Her Toe.
    A woman in England learned the hard way that it's not safe to treat a foot fungus infection by covering it with slices of raw garlic, according to a new report of the woman's case.
  • Most common shoulder operation is no more beneficial than placebo surgery
    Researchers show that one of the most common surgical procedures in the Western world is probably unnecessary. Keyhole surgeries of the shoulder are useless for patients with 'shoulder impingement', the most common diagnosis in patients with shoulder pain.
  • Effect of genetic factors on nutrition: The genes are not to blame
    Individualized dietary recommendations based on genetic information are currently a popular trend. A team has systematically analyzed scientific articles and reached the following conclusion: There is no clear evidence for the effect of genetic factors on the consumption of total calories, carbohydrates, and fat. According to the current state of knowledge, the expedience of gene-based dietary recommendations has yet to be proven.

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