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Year in space put US astronaut's immune system on high alert compared to his Earth-bound twin – Daily Mail

Year in space put US astronaut's immune system on high alert compared to his Earth-bound twin – Daily Mail

Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly’s immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday. Scientists don’t know if the changes were good or bad but results from a unique NASA twins study are raising new questions for […]

Men Who Can Do More Than 40 Push-Ups Far Less Likely To Develop Heart Disease – Study Finds

Men Who Can Do More Than 40 Push-Ups Far Less Likely To Develop Heart Disease – Study Finds

BOSTON — Here’s one way to predict your heart health: get down and give me 41. A new study finds that men who can perform at least 40 push-ups in one attempt are much less likely to suffer from heart disease within the next 10 years. Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public […]

NASA just got its best budget in decades – The Planetary Society

NASA just got its best budget in decades – The Planetary Society

Casey Dreier • February 15, 2019 Patience pays off for the space agency after months of delay After months of unrelated political turmoil, multiple stop-gap spending bills, and an unprecedented government shutdown that shuttered the U.S. space […]

Flu Season: Up to 15,900 People Have Died; Vaccine Protecting About Half Who Get It – The Weather Channel

Flu Season: Up to 15,900 People Have Died; Vaccine Protecting About Half Who Get It – The Weather Channel

A nurse prepares a flu shot from a vaccine vial at the Salvation Army in Atlanta on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2019. Preliminary figures suggest this winter’s vaccine is 47 percent effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor’s office – an improvement from the previous year. (AP Photo/David […]

LIGO gravitational waves: Black hole detectors to get upgrade – BBC News

LIGO gravitational waves: Black hole detectors to get upgrade – BBC News

Image copyright NSF Image caption The LIGO Louisiana lab that detected gravitational waves is in line for an upgrade The UK and US governments will spend £25m upgrading the machines that made the historic first detection of gravitational waves in 2015. The improved instruments will be able to sense collisions of black holes nearly twice […]

Brain function of night owls and larks differ, study suggests – BBC News

Brain function of night owls and larks differ, study suggests – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images The brain function of very late risers and “morning larks” during the hours of the working day is different, according to a study. Researchers scanned the brains of night owls with a bedtime of 02:30 and a wake time of 10:15, along with early risers. The tests – performed between 08:00 […]

SpaceX calls ULA NASA launch contract “vastly” overpriced in official protest – Teslarati

SpaceX calls ULA NASA launch contract “vastly” overpriced in official protest – Teslarati

SpaceX has filed an official protest with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) after NASA awarded competitor United Launch Alliance a launch contract for Lucy, an interplanetary probe meant to explore a belt of unique asteroids clustered around Jupiter’s orbital swath. Announced on January 31st, SpaceX believes that NASA made a decision counter to the best […]

'Decontaminating yourself' is a low-tech way to solve superbug infections – Stuff.co.nz

'Decontaminating yourself' is a low-tech way to solve superbug infections – Stuff.co.nz

A new study finds a way for people to cut their risk of developing a dangerous superbug infection after leaving the hospital Think of it as decontaminating yourself. Hospitalised patients who harbour certain superbugs can cut their risk of developing full-blown infections if they swab medicated goo in their nose and use special soap and […]

Watch these sperm wriggle up a model reproductive tract – The Verge

Watch these sperm wriggle up a model reproductive tract – The Verge

When it comes to sperm, only the fiercest swimmers can wriggle past the bottlenecks of the female reproductive tract, new research shows. The study could help one day improve tests for male fertility. But, in the meantime, it brings us delightful footage of sperm desperately, fruitlessly swimming into a fake fallopian tube. Sorry, little guys. […]

La Porte Elementary investigating suspected case of measles – KTRK-TV

La Porte Elementary investigating suspected case of measles – KTRK-TV

LA PORTE, Texas (KTRK) — A suspected case of measles is under investigation at La Porte Elementary School, according to a letter sent to parents Tuesday. According to La Porte ISD, it is working with Harris County Public Health to “take all steps necessary to ensure the well-being of our students” and “as a precautionary […]