Telomerase – Breakthroughs begin with small steps

  Picture caption: Telomerase (bottom structure), a complex of proteins and RNA, adds DNA to telomeres (green caps), the ends of chromosomes (blue X’s). The telomeres shorten when cells divide. This week biologists got a better look at telomerase using cryo-electron microscopy to view this enzyme residing deep inside certain cells. It's function is to... Continue Reading →

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Could Dragons Have Breathed Fire?

Dragons are always pinned and penned as mythical creatures, beasts of fancy fought by knights, honored by Chinese Monks, and ridden by Vikings. No one has see a dragon skeleton, though this dinosaur fossil is pretty close. Nature has provided some clues as to possible ways a dragon might actually breathe fire. Pyrophoric molecules burst... Continue Reading →

Update: TESS

Just a quick note that TESS has had a few thruster boosts as planned to propel it into the correct orbit. Another burn next week will be timed to occur as TESS reaches its new apogee, followed by two additional perigee maneuvers that will fine-tune the satellite’s trajectory and set up for a flyby of... Continue Reading →

Alan Bean

The fourth man to walk on the moon, alongside the third man Pete Conrad, Alan Bean first went into aboard Apollo 12 and was the lunar module pilot. However, he worked at NASA for years sitting on his flight experience and bragging about his intelligence without a flight assignment. "Pete [Conrad], who knew me from... Continue Reading →

TESS

Hawk and Young  eagerly watched the launch of TESS on a Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. TESS stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. "She" is looking for dimming stars that would signal the presence of exoplanets eclipsing them. By orbiting between the Earth and the Moon, unaffected by orbital debris and space... Continue Reading →

Atlas V

We'd be remiss not to mention the Atlas V launch yesterday. https://youtu.be/N8rZSSZfcSM The Atlas V EELV (Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle) was established by the U.S. Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads. The Atlas V rocket lifted off at 7:13 p.m. EDT (2313 GMT) from Space... Continue Reading →

Alien Megastructure Star Dims Again

Kepler, which is running out of fuel, has identified over 2,000 exoplanets (2,342 + 307 by K2) in the Milky Way by studying the twinkling of stars. This particular star doesn't follow the rules... KIC 8462852, or Tabby’s Star, or the “Alien Megastructure Star” has been exhibiting rapid fluctuations in brightness. Tabby’s Star first gained... Continue Reading →

UFO Sighting by Airline Pilots

Two separate pilots of a Learjet operated by Phoenix Air and an American Airlines flight saw the object flying in the opposite direction of their planes on Feb. 24. Using this link, you can hear the audio. The pilot of a Learjet 36 belonging to Phoenix Air, with the tail number N71PG, reported the initial... Continue Reading →

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