Category: Discovery

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

When two people with a rare form of deafness mate, the genetic combination can yield an unusual syndrome in which the child has fragile bones, deafness, blindness and albinism. The disorder is an example of a rare disease passed on...

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

Your vitamin D tests and supplements are probably a waste of money

As the interest in and testing for vitamin D has exploded, researchers have been wondering why so many people bother. Most of us actually get enough vitamin D without even trying. No high-quality study...

A cybersecurity expert on why you should be very worried about the internet’s future

A cybersecurity expert on why you should be very worried about the internet’s future

A new book, The Darkening Web, argues that stories like these are going to become more and more common as countries seek to project power in cyberspace. The author is Alexander Klimburg, a program director at...

New Fast-Radio-Burst Phenomenon Baffles Astronomers –“Reveals a Previously Unknown Hole in the Milky Galaxy”

New Fast-Radio-Burst Phenomenon Baffles Astronomers –“Reveals a Previously Unknown Hole in the Milky Galaxy”

Scientists detected the newest Fast radio burst, 5-millisecond intergalactic blips of radio waves, FRB 150215, on February 15, 2015 with the Parkes Telescope in Australia, but still don’t know the cause of it, or...

“Alpha Centauri Up Close!” –NASA Looks at Using the Sun as a Giant Gravity Lens to Study Alien Planets

“Alpha Centauri Up Close!” –NASA Looks at Using the Sun as a Giant Gravity Lens to Study Alien Planets

The search for a second Earth orbiting another star is one of astronomy’s greatest challenges. It’s a task that each passing day appears close to fruition. Since astronomers spotted the first exoplanet in 1988,...

Hubble Detects Blazingly Hot Exoplanet — “Its Water Atmosphere Glows”

Hubble Detects Blazingly Hot Exoplanet — “Its Water Atmosphere Glows”

Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system, or exoplanet. A stratosphere is a layer of atmosphere in which temperature increases with higher altitudes....

“Avoiding Andromeda Strain” –NASA Identifies 25 Gaps in Our Knowledge to Guard Earth Against Alien Life & Biological Contamination”

“Avoiding Andromeda Strain” –NASA Identifies 25 Gaps in Our Knowledge to Guard Earth Against Alien Life & Biological Contamination”

One of the greatest fears of the world’s space is a real-life Andromeda Strain, the chilling movie about a US research satellite carrying a deadly extraterrestrial microscopic organism that crashes into a small town in...

This Is Why Sending Messages to Aliens Might Be a Good Idea

This Is Why Sending Messages to Aliens Might Be a Good Idea

With SETI — the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence — we use radio telescopes to search for signals from alien civilizations. This is a relatively passive system, where we sit back and listen for...

Organic Molecules Likely Formed On Dwarf Planet Ceres | Video

Organic Molecules Likely Formed On Dwarf Planet Ceres | Video

This new discovery was just announced by team of planetary scientists led by Maria Cristina De Sanctis, an astrophysicist at the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics in Rome. The scientists used data from NASA’s Dawn...

Bad News for Life: TRAPPIST-1 Planets’ Atmospheres May Have Been Destroyed

Bad News for Life: TRAPPIST-1 Planets’ Atmospheres May Have Been Destroyed

When first observed thirteen years ago, Cassini researchers concluded that the propeller gashes “are much like the wave pattern that trails after a speedboat as it skims across a smooth lake.” But, Saturn’s rings...