NASA puts on the “cool” glasses and sees some trippy images of the Sun: “These initial images show a dynamic sun that I had never seen in more than 40 years of solar research,” said Richard Fisher, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “SDO will change our understanding of the sun… [Read More]
NASA has added another kick ass curriculum idea for teachers. This time it’s on life in the universe. Time to bring the science into science fiction! The Life in the Universe curriculum is a unique set of resources, for elementary and middle school teachers, designed to bring the excitement of searching for life beyond Earth… [Read More]
The recent earthquake in Chile was so big, it altered the earths rotation. So if you notice the days getting shorter, blame the quake. According to NASA scientist Richard Gross, the earth has been knocked about 3 inches off of its axis! This resulted in a 1.26 microsecond shortening of the day. Actually, this isn’t… [Read More]
Apparently our solar system isn’t all that old. The differences in the quantities of uranium could mean that current estimates of the age of the solar system overshoot that age by 1 million years or more. Historical estimates place the age at about 4.5 billion years—a number that is not precise enough to show a… [Read More]
Astrobiologists have built Uracil, a component in RNA, in space-like conditions in the lab. “We have demonstrated for the first time that we can make uracil, a component of RNA, non-biologically in a laboratory under conditions found in space,” said Michel Nuevo, research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center. “We are showing that these laboratory… [Read More]
Due to weather, the Space Shuttle launch has been delayed, and is now scheduled for 1:10 AM on Wednesday. Way too early for me to watch! But, NASA will have it on their website for those who want to watch it afterward (with commentary).
NASA funded researcher James A. Lake, a Molecular Biologist from the University of California at Los Angeles’ Center for Astrobiology has discovered that early prokaryotes merged to create cyanobacteria. By comparing proteins present in more than 3000 different prokaryotes – a type of single-celled organism without a nucleus — molecular biologist James A. Lake from… [Read More]