Take a simulated tour of dwarf planet Ceres

Take a simulated tour of dwarf planet Ceres

NASA and the select few people who are chosen to work as astronauts have become quite adept in recent years at leveraging the Internet and social media to share images and discoveries with the Earth-bound. Astronauts at the International Space Station tweet daily and have even recorded a music video and an album in orbit, […]

Woman’s heart attack differs from a man’s

Woman’s heart attack differs from a man’s

By Gil Ross / ACSH A comprehensive report on women and heart disease was released by the American Heart Association and — no surprise — womens’ hearts, and the ailments that afflict them, are significantly different from the male pumpers. The focus of the studies reviewed was heart attack, or acute myocardial infarction. Entitled “Acute […]

Dog has been man’s best friend for 33,000 years, DNA study finds

Dog has been man’s best friend for 33,000 years, DNA study finds

From The Telegraph Man’s best friend came about after generations of wolves scavenged alongside humans more than 33,000 years ago in south east Asia, according to new research. Dogs became self-domesticated as they slowly evolved from wolves who joined humans in the hunt, according to the first study of dog genomes. And it shows that […]

Vegetarian diets don’t mean longer life, study finds

Vegetarian diets don’t mean longer life, study finds

By Ruth Kava / ACSH One reason often cited for becoming a vegetarian of some sort is that such a lifestyle is somehow “healthier.” And indeed, there have been studies linking vegetarianism to a lower risk of some types of breast cancer. Conversely, some studies have linked high consumption of meat to an increased risk […]

Princeton grad who ‘killed Pluto’ says there may be a new planet

Princeton grad who ‘killed Pluto’ says there may be a new planet

The man who “killed Pluto” now says there’s new ninth planet that could make the cut in our solar system. Astronomers Michael E. Brown, a Princeton University graduate, and Konstantin Batygin reported Wednesday that they believe there is another planet beyond Neptune, which could be up to 10 times the size of Earth — although […]

3 reasons beer is good for your health

3 reasons beer is good for your health

By Hank Campbell / ACSH “Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer, and the King does not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be relied upon to endure hardships in case of another war.” — Frederick the Great, 1777 If there was ever a truly great endorsement of beer over coffee […]

Obama’s cancer ‘moonshot’: A shot in the dark

Obama’s cancer ‘moonshot’: A shot in the dark

By Gil Ross / ASCH Early on in his final State of the Union address, President Obama advocated for a “moonshot” campaign to “cure cancer once and for all.” And now while this is an admirable and lofty goal, the plain, unadulterated truth is that completely eradicating this disease is simply unachievable. “Last year, Vice […]

Atomic bomb fallout in sea turtle shells serves as a biological ‘clock’

Atomic bomb fallout in sea turtle shells serves as a biological ‘clock’

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register Researchers have found that they can reliably estimate the ages, growth rates and reproductive maturity of sea turtle populations by performing radiocarbon dating of atomic bomb fallout found in their shells. While it may sound strange, the researchers say their technique provides more accurate estimates than other methods currently in use […]

NASA CORAL Mission to Raise Reef Studies to New Level

NASA CORAL Mission to Raise Reef Studies to New Level

A new three-year NASA field expedition gets underway this year that will use advanced instruments on airplanes and in the water to survey more of the world’s coral reefs, and in far greater detail, than ever before. The COral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) will measure the condition of these threatened ecosystems and create a unique […]

Cancer causation: Environment, not bad luck, study says

Cancer causation: Environment, not bad luck, study says

By Gil Ross / ACSH A new study published in the journal, Nature, entitled “Substantial contribution of extrinsic risk factors to cancer development,” used quantitative measures from several different perspectives to come to the conclusion that the large majority of human cancers are caused by “environmental” factors (or non-genetic), rather than intrinsic gene abnormalities or […]