December is the time to look back at the year that is ending and make note of the most exciting and newsworthy stories. In science, that means chronicling discoveries, inventions, and advancements. Here are some of the scientific stories that 2014 will be remembered for.
2014 will be remember for exploration as NASA took a “Giant Leap Forward” and humanity landed a probe on a comet. Commercial space flight had setbacks when a Antares rocket exploded on October 28th and a few days later SpaceShipTwo crashed on a test flight, killing one pilot. Such accidents are always a part of developing new technologies, but they may lead to setbacks in the ability of commercial programs to find backers and, eventually, passengers.… Read the rest
Women make up more than half of today’s workforce, yet the number of women in the STEM professions (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) continues to lag, with women representing only 23% of the total science work force in 2011. That number has essentially remained stagnant since 1990, but that doesn’t mean that female scientists aren’t changing the world in a big way. Here’s a rundown of some of the most influential women scientists from around the globe.
Dr. Livia Eberlin specializes in mass spectrometry at Stanford. She’s a post-doctoral chemistry scholar who developed a technique to help more efficiently diagnose and evaluate cancer.… Read the rest
For decades science fiction has depicted medical robots as part of some far distant future. Something for our great-great grandchildren. That future is actually the present. Robotic surgeries are performed every day, supported by other advanced technologies that make medical diagnosis more precise and the treatment of illnesses and injuries more successful.
In a recent ranking of the top hospitals in the world for high tech medical treatment a California hospital finished in first place — and the US took slightly more than half of the top 30 spots. However, 60% of the hospitals in the top 10 are outside the US.… Read the rest
Have you ever wondered where all that money for medical research comes from? Maybe you had a loved one who suffered from a serious disease, and you want to know how to get more money into your cause. Or perhaps you are just curious because you hear on the news about all sorts of medical research, but you never know how it is funded. In this post, you’ll learn about some of the sources of money for medical research.
The Many Sources Of Medical Research Funds
One of the largest sources of money for medical research is the United States government.… Read the rest
A test version of Orion is dropped from a C-17, while flying 13,000 feet above the Arizona desert at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground on April 23. The spacecraft is released from the airplane on a sled that moves it safely away. Then a series of programmer parachutes get it into position for the test before the three massive orange and white main parachutes deploy. This was the first parachute test to simulate a launch abort scenario.
Sending humans into space has become mundane. In addition to various government space programs, there are now private corporations either sending people to space or planning commercial space flights. The holy grail of all this development is to send a human mission to Mars.
In 1969 the first humans stepped onto the surface of the moon in a program that cost between $20-23 billion. Adjusted for inflation and current market prices, NASA estimated that the six moon landings of the Apollo program would cost $170 billion today. That seems likes peanuts compared to the estimated cost associated with sending one mission to Mars by 2040. … Read the rest
Over ten years ago, the first Rover was put on the surface of Mars to learn a variety of things about the “Red Planet.” One such discovery was that water may have existed at one time on Mars, but is now long gone.
New evidence has been found by two Mars Rovers, Curiosity and Opportunity, that suggest that Mars was once a water-rich planet. This information is highly important not just to understand more about Mars, but understand other planets in our solar system including our own. Read on for a look at why the Rover find is so important, and what is next for the Rover fleet.… Read the rest
In a move that sounds more science fiction than reality, scientists in Australia have announced that they are instituting a microchip process to monitor the movement of bees across the continent. There is a number of reasons why scientists feel that it is important to track the movements and migrations of bees, and there are some strong benefits that could be reaped from the information found from this initiative. Read on for a look at why scientists are using microchip technology to track bees in Australia.
What Are the Benefits?
There are many benefits to tracking bees movements through Australia. Since bee pollination have a huge effect on crops in Australia, scientists believe that tracking their migration will be beneficial to research.… Read the rest
Every race fan loves to see photos posted on their favorite team’s profiles, from Danika Patrick to Scott Tucker to Sebastian Vettel. Doctors and other medical professionals have a different reaction to this dangerous sport. While there is some truth to the adage that some fans go to the races in hopes of witnessing an accident, the vast majority admire racers ability to handle these state of the art vehicles while racing against tough competitors. While there will likely always be accidents — and possibly even deaths — the race industry continues to take steps to make it safer for drivers to compete at higher and higher speeds.… Read the rest
As recently as just a decade ago, it was considered right and proper to add vitamin and mineral supplements to most nutritional plans. The use of anti-oxidants like vitamin C or vitamin E made sense. As the body ages it creates free radicals. These byproducts seemed to be causing destruction at the cellular level.
Consequently, if there were compounds introducing too much deleterious oxygen, one considered removing these free radicals. Thus the push to introduce anti-oxidants into the consumers field of vision. Today, several studies now seem to suggest the use of vitamin C supplements or E, and others may in fact reduce the positive effects of exercise on the body.… Read the rest