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Journey To The Center of Earth

There are a billion Carl Sagan quotes that commemorate Earth, but a personal favorite reminds us that Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 10/01/14 — NGC 2452

NGC 2452 (Image Credit: ESA/NASA (Acknowledgements: Luca Limatola, Budeanu Cosmin Mirel) (See a high-resolution image here.) Meet NGC 2452: a planetary nebula that lurks within the constellation of Puppis.

Colorful Lunar Eclipse On October 8th

On Wednesday morning, Oct. 8th, not long before sunrise, the bright full Moon over North America will turn a lovely shade of celestial red.  It’s a lunar eclipse—visible from all parts of the USA.

What is the common cold? (Myths and Facts)

Image credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock What is caused by over 150 viruses, has no cure, and causes more than one billion reactions in the united states alone?

CDC Reports First Case of Ebola in U.S.

Image via CDC/ Frederick A. Murphy The Center for Disease Control (CDC) just confirmed that a case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States.

Young Blood To Be Used To Try And Rejuvenate Elderly

Image credit: Next month, people with Alzheimer’s disease will be given the blood of young people in the hope that it will reverse some of the damage caused by this disease.

Is Earth’s Population Unmanageable?

Image Credit: James Cridland via Flickr Due to the fact that a lot of other ‘major’ issues dominate the media (climate change, GMOs, etc.), the exposure for overpopulation is minimal.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 9/30/14 — Gyulbudaghian’s Fan

PV Cep (Image Credit: NASA/ESA) (See a larger image here.) Out there in the cosmos, it’s pretty uncommon to find something that doesn’t look like something found on Earth. While this region isn’t nearly as recognizable as, say, the Helix nebula (a region with an uncanny resemblance to a huge eye), or the Butterfly nebula (both seen below), it still has properties that make it appear similar in shape to a fan.

Cassini Watches Mysterious Feature Evolve in Titan Sea

Image Credit: NASA NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the evolution of a mysterious feature in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn’s moon Titan.

Five (Theoretical) Ways to Capture a Star

Do you want to become a type two civilization according to the Kardashev scale? You’re going to have to harness the energy of an entire star to suit your civilization’s needs, but first you’ll need to capture it.

The Book of Life — Your 23 Chromosomes

The Book of LifeChromosomes 1 – 3Chromosomes 4 – 6Chromosomes 7 – 9Chromosomes 10 – 12Chromosomes 13 – 15Chromosomes 16 – 18Chromosomes 19 – 23Chromosomes X & Y:Additional Resources:  As you probably know, you have 23 pairs of chromosomes in just about every cell in your body.

The International Space Station Welcomes its First Female Cosmonaut

Elena Serova is the first female Russian cosmonaut to live on the ISS. Photo Credit: NASA This past week has been a busy one for the International Space Station (ISS).

Space Station Crew Unpacks Dragon, “Moustronauts” Report for Duty

SpaceX Dragon capsule arrives at the ISS after a two-day journey. (Photo Credit: NASA/SpaceX) Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX),  successfully launched its fourth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday, September 21.

Astronomy Photo of the Day (APotD): 9/29/14 — The Calm Before The Storm

Image Credit: ESO (European Southern Observatory) (See a larger image here) When this image was released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), they described this tranquil scene as “the calm before the storm:” a description that couldn’t possibly be more apt. As picturesque as these galaxies are in their present form, soon, both will be twisted and deformed into something unrecognizable, yet still beautiful in their own way.

The Adorable Western Pygmy Possum

A face anyone could love: the western pygmy possum. (Credit: Amanda McLean) For your daily dose of “adorably cute” things, I give you the Western Pygmy Possum.

NASA Rover Drill Pulls First Taste From Mars Mountain

This image from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the first sample-collection hole drilled in Mount Sharp, the layered mountain that is the science destination of the rover’s extended mission.

Do Americans See Scientists As Competent & Trustworthy?

Image credit: (source) A new review from Princeton University indicates that, while Americans believe that scientists are informed and educated, they also believe that scientists are untrustworthy.

From Quarks to Quasars Community Chat Forum

Image Credit: NASA/Caltech Do you want more science? Want to ask questions, share your ideas, and interact more with the From Quarks to Quasars community (and get instant access to all of the latest developments in science new and research)?

Hubble Team Reportedly Finds That Male-Led Teams Get More Telescope Time Than Ones Led By Females

Artist’s impression of Hubble in orbit. (Image Credit: ESA) Researchers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) which runs the Hubble Space Telescope program, have found that there continues to be a gap between the number of projects given the go-ahead by male principle investigators (PIs) versus those headed by females.

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 9/28/14 — NGC 3314

Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA (Processing – Martin Pugh) Galaxy collisions and mergers frequently occur all throughout the universe; both creating and reshaping the galaxies they touch in equal measure.