K2 18b Has a Damp Atmosphere

In 2015 Kepler found this planet orbiting a red dwarf star some 110 light years from Earth, twice as wide as Earth, and has eight times Earth’s mass. It's not exactly Earth-like, but it does orbit within the habitable zone of that star. In 2016 and 2017 using the Hubble, a team discovered that the... Continue Reading →

Reversible Super Glue??

You ever wanted something to stick, like really stick for a long time, but need to remove it later or reposition it? What if in creating a new invention there was one piece that ended up a few millimeters short? If only you could move it... Well scientists have discovered that a hydrogel when wet... Continue Reading →

Tesla and Starman

So it's been a year since Starman the mannequin was launched into space in his cherry red Tesla Roadster with Hot Wheels model Tesla on the dash. The car is 226 million miles from Earth now. There is a really cool website run by Programmer Ben Pearson that counts Starman's distance as he travels at... Continue Reading →

New Constellations

Sure, you can pick out Orion, the big and little dippers, and the North star. Maybe you even know your other zodiac constellations, but those are all in the sky visible to our naked eye. But if you are mapping gamma rays, you can see many more stars in space than from Earth. Scientists using... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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