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- Found! Weird Asteroid in Jupiter's Orbit Is 1st Interstellar ImmigrantAnother interstellar asteroid has been spotted in our solar system — and this one is not a visitor but a long-term resident, a new study reports.
- Antares Rocket Launches NASA Cargo to Space Station in Dazzling Predawn LiftoffAn Orbital ATK Antares rocket pierced the clouds in the predawn sky over Virginia Monday (May 21) with a dazzling predawn launch to deliver more than 3 tons of vital supplies to the International Space Station.
- How Can a Smartphone Survive a 100-Foot Drop But Crack on Your Floor?It's all about the angle of contact.
- Celebrities Are Obsessed with the Keto Diet. Why You Shouldn't Be.The fad diet, which promises weight loss without sacrificing bacon, is not all it's cracked up to be.
- On This Day In Space! May 21, 2010: Japan Launches 1st Successful Solar Sail on 'Ikaros'On May 21, 2010, Japan launched the first successful solar sail into space. See how it happened in our On This Day In Space video series.
- Astronomers spot exiled asteroid in outer reaches of solar systemThis object was likely born in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, then flung billions of miles to the Kuiper Belt on the edge of the solar system.
- Dark Futures: Does Humanity Really Need a Backup Earth?SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has a vision: He wants to get humans to Mars as soon as possible. Is that humanity's best option?
- China Launches Relay Satellite for Mission to Moon's Far SideChina just launched a spacecraft that will help pave the way for a historic mission to the moon's far side later this year.
- Launch Photos: Orbital ATK's Antares Rocket & Cygnus OA-9 Soar to ISS!An Orbital ATK Antares rocket launched an Antares rocket and the uncrewed Cygnus OA-9 cargo ship to the International Space Station on May 21, 2018. See the mission in photos here!
- Weird Space Rock Provides More Evidence for Mysterious 'Planet Nine'The solar system just got a bit stranger.
- Milky Way center over Pondicherry, IndiaPhotographer Karthik Easvur reminds us that our galaxy's center is 25,000 light-years away. So light from the galactic center that reached the sensor of his camera started its journey 25,000 years ago.
- 1st quarter moon and Regulus May 21Starting tonight and for the next several days, notice the moon's orbital motion as it sweeps by the star Regulus, the Heart of the Lion in the constellation Leo.
- May 21, 1881: American Red Cross foundedIn Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross. Barton, born in Massachusetts in 1821, worked with the sick and wounded during the American Civil War and became known as the â€œAngel of the Battlefieldâ€ for her tireless dedication. In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln commissioned her to search for lost prisoners of war, and with the extensive records she had compiled during the war she succeeded in identifying thousands of the Union dead at the Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp. She was in Europe in 1870 when the Franco-Prussian War broke out, and she went behind the German lines to work for the International Red Cross. In 1873, she returned to the United States, and four years later she organized an American branch of the International Red Cross. The American Red Cross received its first U.S. federal charter in 1900. Barton headed the organization into her 80s and died in 1912.
- NASA Is Launching a Box of Lasers to Make the Coldest Spot In the UniverseScientists are creating a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space aboard the International Space Station. Here's why.
- Watch Orbital ATK Launch a Cargo Ship for NASA Early Monday! Here's HowAn Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch a Cygnus supply ship Monday morning (May 21) to deliver more than 3 tons NASA cargo to the International Space Station, and you can watch it live online.
- Annotation tool provides step toward understanding links between disease, mutant RNAResearchers have developed a computer program that represents a key step toward better understanding the connections between mutant genetic material and disease.
- No evidence of natural gas from fracking in found Ohio drinking waterA study of drinking water in Appalachian Ohio found no evidence of natural gas contamination from recent oil and gas drilling. Geologists examined drinking water in northeast Ohio where many residents rely on water from private underground wells.
- Dogs born in the summertime more likely to suffer heart diseaseDogs born June through August are at higher risk of heart disease than those born other months, rising in July to 74 percent higher risk, according to a new study. A correlation to outdoor air pollution may be the culprit.
- Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million Times FasterPulses of light from infrared lasers can speed up computer operations by a factor of 1 million, and may have opened the door to room-temperature quantum computing.
- Earth's Magnetic Field Is Drifting Westward, and Nobody Knows WhyWeird, slow-moving waves in the planet's core could explain the mysterious drifting.
- Situation at Kilauea Volcano ‘steadily worsening’A large explosion happened Friday night into Saturday at Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano. The 1st serious injury is reported. USGS warns of the release of toxic gases in a plume called a laze, which happens when molten lava hits sea water. Latest images and videos here.
- Which moon phase best for stargazing?Most astronomers would tell you that the best moon is no moon.
- May 20, 1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive patent for blue jeansOn this day in 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the worldâ€™s most famous garments: blue jeans. In San Francisco, Strauss established a wholesale dry goods business under his own name and worked as the West Coast representative of his familyâ€™s firm. His new business imported clothing, fabric and other dry goods to sell in the small stores opening all over California and other Western states to supply the rapidly expanding communities of gold miners and other settlers. By 1866, Strauss had moved his company to expanded headquarters and was a well-known businessman and supporter of the Jewish community in San Francisco. Jacob Davis, a tailor in Reno, Nevada, was one of Levi Straussâ€™ regular customers. In 1872, he wrote a letter to Strauss about his method of making work pants with metal rivets on the stress pointsâ€“at the corners of the pockets and the base of the button flyâ€“to make them stronger. As Davis didnâ€™t have the money for the necessary paperwork, he suggested that Strauss provide the funds and that the two men get the patent together. Strauss agreed enthusiastically, and the patent for â€œImprovement in Fastening Pocket-Openingsâ€â€“the innovation that would produce blue jeans as we know themâ€“was granted to both men on May 20, 1873. Strauss brought Davis to San Francisco to oversee the first manufacturing facility for â€œwaist overalls,â€ as the original jeans were known. At first they employed seamstresses working out of their homes, but by the 1880s, Strauss had opened his own factory. The famous 501brand jeanâ€“known until 1890 as â€œXXâ€â€“was soon a bestseller, and the company grew quickly. By the 1920s, Leviâ€™s denim waist overalls were the top-selling menâ€™s work pant in the United States. As decades passed, the craze only grew, and now blue jeans are worn by men and women, young and old, around the world.
- 'Everyday Astronaut' Tackles SpaceX Rocket Landings in Episode 2!If you've ever wondered how SpaceX manages to land its rockets, the Everyday Astronaut is here to help.
- What Can the Death of a Neutron Tell Us About Dark Matter?Physicists speculate that decaying neutrons may be producing particles unknown to science that make up the elusive dark matter.
- Here's How Health Officials Plan to Use the Ebola Vaccine in New African OutbreakThe Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is spreading, but this time around, there's a vaccine.
- American SheriffBristol County Jail in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts is undergoing an unprecedented crisis. Inmates in the institution are committing suicide in record numbers. Lawsuits are piling up as grieving families seek answers and accountability. For many, the buck stops with... Watch now →
- TESS planet-hunter snaps 1st test image, swings by moonHow many unseen worlds orbit these stars? The TESS planet-hunter is designed to find nearby exoplanets, between 30 and 300 light-years away.
- New NASA Chief Bridenstine Says Humans Contribute to Climate Change 'in a Major Way'NASA's new administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said that he knows Earth's climate is changing, and that humans contribute to it "in a major way," also supporting NASA's research into that important area.
- Why Formamide May Have Been Early Life's Alternative to WaterWater is the basis for life as we know it, but did life's building blocks form without it?
- Scientists measure rise in ozone-destroying chemicalReport on CFC-11 - an illegal chemical responsible for ozone-depletion in Earth's atmosphere - now apparently on an upswing again. Meanwhile, new direct evidence the ban on CFCs is working and the ozone hole is recovering.
- Shelf cloud over New YorkA squall line of severe thunderstorms swept over New York City and the surrounding area last Tuesday, creating dramatic skies.
- Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedureA new case report describes how a patient's use of a common over-the-counter biotin supplement caused clinically misleading test results and almost resulted in an unnecessary, invasive medical procedure.
- MR spectroscopy imaging reveals effects of targeted treatment of mutant IDH1 gliomasUsing a novel imaging method, a research team is investigating the mechanisms behind a potential targeted treatment for a subtype of the deadly brains tumors called gliomas.
Just Five Things About GRACE Follow-On
There are a lot more than five things to say about the GRACE Follow-On mission, but here are a few favorite facts.
UPDATE: NASA, Orbital ATK Now Targeting May 21 for Next Resupply Mission to Space Station
The date has moved for the next launch to the International Space Station to Monday, May 21, to support further prelaunch inspections and more favorable weather.
- Researchers operate lab-grown heart cells by remote controlResearchers have developed a technique that allows them to speed up or slow down human heart cells growing in a dish on command -- simply by shining a light on them and varying its intensity. The cells are grown on a material called graphene, which converts light into electricity, providing a more realistic environment than standard plastic or glass laboratory dishes.
- Researchers discover how body temperature wrecks potential dengue, Zika vaccineA major route toward creating effective vaccines against dengue virus and Zika involves the E protein that covers the surface of each viral particle. But creating such a vaccine has proven difficult for a number of reasons. Now researchers have delineated the details of one major barrier to a promising vaccine. It's something we all have -- a natural body temperature of about 98.6 degrees.
- Diamond 'spin-off' tech could lead to low-cost medical imaging and drug discovery toolsAn international team has discovered how to exploit defects in nanoscale and microscale diamonds and potentially enhance the sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance systems while eliminating the need for their costly and bulky superconducting magnets.
- Variations in placental microbiota appear related to premature birthResearchers have found a surplus of pathogenic bacteria in placentas from premature births, supporting the hypothesis that maternal infection may cause preterm birth.
- New insights into malaria parasiteScientists have found that various stages of the development of human malaria parasites, including stages involved in malaria transmission, are linked to epigenetic features and how chromatin -- the complex of DNA and proteins within the nucleus -- is organized and structured in these parasites.
- Trump Asked About 'Difference Between HIV and HPV,' Bill Gates SaysBill Gates says President Trump repeatedly asked him about the difference between two notorious viruses: HIV and HPV.
- Here's the Weird Science Launching to the Space Station on MondayThis weekend, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will carry old-fashioned sextants, E. coli bacteria and lasers that will create a temperature 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space.
- E. coli tailored to convert plants into renewable chemicalsJet fuel, pantyhose and plastic soda bottles: all three could be made from bioengineered bacteria.
- Weather Delays Private Rocket Launch of NASA Cargo to Space StationNASA and Orbital ATK have postponed this weekend's planned launch of a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station by 24 hours, with the liftoff now targeted for no earlier than Monday (May 21).
- Feeding habits of ancient elephants uncovered from grass fragments stuck in their teethA new study, led by scientists at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) in Beijing, China, including University of Bristol PhD student Zhang Hanwen, examined the feeding habits of ancient elephant relatives that inhabited Central Asia some 17 million years ago. The post Feeding habits of ancient elephants uncovered from grass fragments stuck in their teeth appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.
- The dark side of our genes -- healthy aging in modern timesScientists collate the evidence for the mismatch between past evolutionary adaptation and our modern lives. They also ask whether natural selection linked to modernization might reduce globally the burden of some chronic diseases.
- A new map for a birthplace of starsA research group has created the most detailed maps yet of a vast seedbed of stars similar to Earth's sun.
- Can a quantum drum vibrate and stand still at the same time?Researchers have studied how a 'drumstick' made of light could make a microscopic 'drum' vibrate and stand still at the same time.
- Cannabis: It matters how young you startResearchers find that boys who start smoking pot before 15 are much more likely to have a drug problem at 28 than those who start at 15 or after.