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Melting Of Arctic Ice Releasing Hazardous Toxins Into Atmosphere

The thawing permafrost can bring back ancient diseases, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and dump mercury and nuclear waste that can seep into the food chain. Scientists predicted that up to 70 percent of permafrost could thaw by 2100.

Earth/Environment

Former Astronaut Michael Collins Posts Previously Unreleased Photo Of Apollo 11 Crew

Fifty years after the historic Moon landing, NASA astronaut Michael Collins shared a photo of the Apollo 11 crew that the public has never seen before. The photo showed Collins holding a replica of the moon.

Space

NASA Finds Newly Made Impact Crater On Mars

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted a new crater near the equator of Mars. Scientists said that the feature might have been created when a small space rock crashed into the Red Planet.

Space

Father's Health Choices Have Large Impact On Health Of Children, Says Study

Fathers choosing to be healthy can influence the lifelong health of their children, a study has found. For father's day, men should start eating right and exercising regularly to give their offsprings better metabolic health and avoid certain diseases, including cancer.

Healthy Living/Wellness

Atomic Clock Will Keep Mars Mission On Schedule

The Deep Space Atomic Clock will enable future spacecraft to be autonomous as they explore worlds far away from Earth. The technology will be launched into orbit next week onboard the Falcon Heavy for its first trial in space.

Space

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Moves Closer Than Ever To Bennu Asteroid

NASA's OSIRIS-REx performed a maneuver that brought it closer to the surface of the asteroid Bennu. For the next couple of weeks, it will collect look for sites where it can safely retrieve a sample.

Space June 17, 2019

Electrified Droplet Of Water Could Be Key To New Types Of Air Purification And Propulsion Tech

Researchers pinned down a simple equation that can predict the electric field strength needed to burst a water droplet into electrified mists. They claimed that their findings can help engineers develop techniques like electrospraying.

Energy June 17, 2019

New Gene-Editing Technique Can Alter Genome Without Cutting DNA

Researchers developed a CRISPR system that eliminated the need to cut the genome to insert new DNA sequences. Called CAST, the new system can enable safer and more accurate gene-editing.

Biotech June 15, 2019

Religious Exemptions For Vaccines No Longer Allowed In New York

The state of New York has passed a bill banning parents for claiming religious beliefs to opt their children out of receiving required vaccinations. The mandate was introduced as a response to the measles outbreak across the United States.

Public Health June 15, 2019

NASA Puts Out Open Call To Private Companies On Supplying Lunar Station

NASA's Lunar Gateway is part of the United States' goal to maintain a presence on the Moon. The space station will serve as an outpost for astronauts who will explore the lunar surface and other destinations across the solar system.

Space June 15, 2019

William Shatner Takes Playful Jab At 'Star Wars' Over 'Starfleet' Symbol Found On Mars

An old rivalry between the 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars' fandom was ignited thanks to a photo captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The photo featured a mark that looks eerily like the symbol of the Starfleet.

Space June 15, 2019

New Mathematical Model Can Accurately Predict Decisions People Make In Card-Picking Game

A new mathematical model can predict the cards that a participant will pick in the Iowa Gambling Task. According to a researcher, this will help scientists understand the disruptions in decision-making that some people experience.

Neuroscience June 15, 2019

Ugandan Government Says Ebola Threat A Lot Worse Than Previous Projections

Uganda reported its first cases of Ebola this week. Two people have already died from the disease and three individuals were held in isolation after coming into contact with the infected patients.

Public Health June 15, 2019

Cassini Mission Dives Deep Into Inner Workings Of Saturn's Rings

In a new study, scientists analyzed data from Cassini's close encounters with Saturn's rings. They found textures and patterns, as well as understood the composition of the planet's famous feature.

Space June 14, 2019

NASA Admin Estimates New Moon Landing Mission Will Cost Up To $30 Billion

The Artemis program will place two American astronauts on the surface of the moon in 2024. It will cost up to $30 billion, which exceeds NASA's current annual budget.

Space June 14, 2019

Private Insurance Policy Holders Could Soon Get Free Daily HIV Prevention Drugs

PrEP, a treatment that prevents the transmission of HIV, has received an 'A' recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. This means that insurance will soon cover medicine for high-risk individuals at no cost.

Medicine June 13, 2019

NASA Now Working On Giving Recognition To Hidden Figures Who Helped Make Space History

In honor of the African American women whose calculations helped bring the first Americans into space, NASA renamed a street 'Hidden Figures Way' in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, June 12, an event was held to make the designation official.

Space June 13, 2019

Researchers Introduce New Model That Could Explain Autism

Researchers genetically edited macaque monkeys to study autism in the hopes of developing new treatments for humans. During the experiment, the macaque monkeys exhibited similar behavioral patterns to humans who have the same mutations.

Animals June 13, 2019

Home Diagnostic Kit Can Detect Drugs In Blood And Urine Using Silicon Chips And An iPhone

A new diagnostic system proposed by researchers from Vanderbilt University uses a smartphone to test for drugs, infection, or bacteria in a liquid sample. An app will handle the data processing and perform diagnosis.

Public Health June 13, 2019

NASA Takes Radiation Shielding In Spacecraft Very Seriously: Here's How They Do It

Before a spacecraft gets launched into outer space, it goes through several testing. At the Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland, spacecraft are subjected to levels of radiation it will encounter throughout its mission.

Space June 13, 2019

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