Science & Odd Things

How NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Met Its Fiery End

(NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY) Nadia Drake, September 19, 2017 — After 13 years exploring Saturn, the probe went deep into the planet’s atmosphere for its explosive grand finale. In the predawn hours on Friday, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft boldly went where no spacecraft has gone before: into the planet Saturn itself. As the spacecraft raced toward its end, scientists […]

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

(TIME) Jeffrey Kluger, September 13, 2017 — If dreams were movies, they wouldn’t make a dime. They’re often banal, frequently fleeting and they’re screened for an audience of just one. As for the storyline? You’re in a supermarket, only it’s also Yankee Stadium, shopping with your second-grade teacher until she turns into Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Then you […]

Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals

(NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY) Michael Greshko, September 13, 2017 —  New evidence forces reconsideration of a well-known gravesite—and may shed light on Viking gender roles. More than a millennium ago in what’s now southeastern Sweden, a wealthy Viking warrior was laid to rest, in a resplendent grave filled with swords, arrowheads, and two sacrificed horses. The site […]

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy Treatment For Cancer

(TIME.COM) Alice Park, September 5, 2017 — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) followed the advice of its advisory committee and approved a breakthrough treatment for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on Wednesday. It’s the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. Dr. Carl June, director of the center for cellular immunotherapies at University of Pennsylvania’s […]

Nasa’s Kepler telescope finds 10 Earth-like planets: ‘We are not alone’

(THE GUARDIAN) June 28, 2017 — Astronomers have added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond our solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting their chances of hosting life. Scientists found the candidates in a final batch of Nasa’s Kepler Space Telescope observations of 200,000 sample stars in […]