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ISS Crew Gets Special Easter Feast Delivered By Rocket

The current crew of the International Space Station got to celebrate Easter with a special meal that was included in last week's shipment. Like everyone on Earth, the astronauts in low-orbit also celebrate special holidays onboard the laboratory.


Generic Anti-Overdose Nasal Spray Gets FDA Approval

The first generic naloxone nasal spray has been approved by the FDA. The move is a response to the increasing number of people who have died due to opioid overdose in the United States.

Public Health April 20, 2019

FDA Expands Lists Of Blood Pressure Drugs Recalled For Potentially Carcinogenic Ingredient

Torrent Pharmaceuticals has issued its fourth losartan recall since December after potentially carcinogenic impurities have been found in the high blood pressure medication. The FDA is advising patients to consult with pharmacists and physicians for alternatives.

Medicine April 20, 2019

New Research Shows Mercury Could Have Solid Metal Core Just Like Earth

NASA scientists revealed that like Earth, Mercury has a liquid outer core and a solid inner core. The team used data from the previous MESSENGER mission to figure out the secrets underneath the smallest planet in the solar system.

Space April 20, 2019

Scientists Test New Energy Efficient Cooling Method Using Thermodynamic Trickery

In an experiment, physicists cooled down a piece of copper from 100 degrees Celsius to 2 degrees Celsius below room temperature. They were able to achieve this without using an external power supply.

Energy April 20, 2019

CDC Links Recent Listeria Outbreak With Deli Meat And Cheese

The CDC released a report confirming that deli products have caused eight people to be hospitalized due to Listeria infection. The public health agency is warning people who are at high risk of infection, including pregnant women and older adults.

Public Health April 20, 2019

Video Footage Of Elusive River Dolphin Species Shows Botos Are Surprisingly Talkative Creatures

Araguaian river dolphins of Brazil can make hundreds of sounds in order to communicate, contradicting the assumption that the creatures have little social structure that allows interaction. Researchers said the study could help understand how communication evolved among marine mammals.

Animals April 19, 2019

Scientists Say Climate Change Led To Extreme Hurricane Maria Rainfall Levels

Scientists attributed the extreme precipitation of Hurricane Maria, which caused flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico, to climate change. The study adds to the evidence that human-induced warming is causing extreme weather events to become more common.

Earth/Environment April 19, 2019

Pilot Legend And First Female Astronaut Candidate Jerrie Cobb Passes Away At 88

Jerrie Cobb, a gifted pilot who made history by becoming the first female astronaut candidate, passed away last month. She was one of the Mercury 13 women who passed the astronaut screening process but never made it to space.

Space April 19, 2019

China Opens Desert Facility For Teens To Simulate Living In Mars

A simulated Mars base camp welcomed 100 students on Wednesday, April 17, for the first time. The facility allows visitors to experience what it would be like to live on the surface of the Red Planet.

Space April 18, 2019

New Type Of Antibody Can Hold HIV Virus At Bay For 4 Months

A clinical trial of an experimental injectable drug was proven effective in suppressing the HIV virus among patients diagnosed with it. Researchers reported that it is as effective as taking a cocktail of pills every day.

Public Health April 18, 2019

Programs Aimed At Improving Employee Wellness Yield Little Benefits, Says Study

New research found that employees exercised more regularly and had better weight management after enrolling in a wellness program. However, it does not result in a significant reduction on employee absenteeism nor healthcare cost in the short term.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 18, 2019

Antares Rocket Blasts Off To Deliver Cygnus Cargo Ship To The ISS

Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft successfully lifted off on top of the Antares rocket for its 11th resupply mission to the ISS. The spacecraft will deliver scientific equipment and supplies that will support ongoing experiments onboard the orbiting laboratory.

Space April 18, 2019

Arsenic Could Be Next Big Thing In Broad-Spectrum Antibiotic Drugs

A team of researchers believes that arsenic-based antibiotic could combat the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that affects 2 million people in the United States every year. The new antibiotic has been tested effective against multiple types of bacteria.

Medicine April 18, 2019

Great White Sharks Often Fear Killer Whales, Says Study

A new study found that great white sharks, no matter how tough they seem, cower in the presence of killer whales. Researchers revealed that whenever a killer whale shows up, great white sharks leave hunting grounds.

Animals April 18, 2019

April's Full Pink Moon To Rise On Friday

April's full moon earned the moniker 'Pink Moon' not because it causes a rosy hue in the sky, but because it signals the appearance of pink spring flowers. The best time to catch the full moon will be at dawn.

Space April 17, 2019

Astronaut Pioneer Owen Garriott Passes Away At 88

Owen Garriott, a spaceflight pioneer who spent a total of 70 days in outer space, passed away in his home in Huntsville, Alabama this week. Fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Scott Kelly, and Pat Forrester paid tribute to the American hero.

Space April 17, 2019

Biomedical Engineers Want To Create 'Hairpins' To Improve Accuracy Of CRISPR

Researchers developed a new method in which the guide RNA is extended to it folds onto itself and create an unbreakable lock. Only the correct DNA sequence can unlock the guide RNA, reducing the risk of off-target activity.

April 17, 2019

Scientists Say Numerical Weather Forecasting Is Nearing Its Limits

Today, the weather forecast provides prediction to up to nine or 10 days. However, researchers proved that there is a limit to numerical weather prediction and it is almost within grasp.

Earth/Environment April 16, 2019

Many People Hold Unfounded Beliefs Regarding Sleep, Says Study

Researchers found that many Americans believe in sleep myths that might be detrimental to one's overall health. In a new study, they identified these common myths about sleep in order to debunk them.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 16, 2019

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