K’NEX® Philadelphia Airport Display Fascinates Visitors

K’NEX: Innovative Engineering @ Play exhibit features more than 48,000 K’NEX Parts. K’NEX, the only U.S. construction toy company committed to Building Worlds Kids Love®, is excited to announce the launch of the K’NEX: Innovative Engineering @Play exhibit at Philadelphia International
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DNA, Like You’ve Never Heard It

Michael Gallant Rie Takahashi, a young scientist from Los Angeles, has discovered an unexpected new tool that can help anyone, anywhere, begin to understand the hidden secrets of human genetics — the iPod. “In my junior year at the University of California, Los Angeles, I took a seminar that (more...)

NASA Data Find Some Hope for Water in Aral Sea Basin

new study using data from NASA satellite missions finds that although the long-term water picture for the Aral Sea watershed in Central Asia remains bleak, short-term prospects are better than previously thought. NASA reported the study’s findings in a February 14 news release. The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest (more...)

Sunscreen Chemical Threatens Coral Reefs, Researchers Find

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers and their partners have discovered that a sunscreen chemical commonly used in many soaps, cosmetics and body fragrances is highly toxic to corals. The team’s data show that even very low concentrations of benzophenone-2, or BP-2, can quickly kill (more...)

Olympics 2014: Let the Science Begin!

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia will be featuring many exciting events for the world to see. Though the Olympics Games is the premier athletic competition worldwide, the games also bridge the gap between science and sports by covering a number of Earth science topics as (more...)

NASA Satellite Eyes Sochi Olympic Sites

It’s not often that the Winter Olympic Games come with an ocean view, but that’s what we are getting this year at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Sochi is the warmest city ever to host the Winter Games, which officially run February 7–23. Two images of (more...)

NASA Picks Physics Experiments for Space Station

NASA will fund seven proposals to conduct physics research using the agency’s new microgravity laboratory, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in 2016. NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory will provide an opportunity to study ultra-cold quantum gases in the microgravity environment of the space (more...)

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres. Plumes of water vapor are thought to shoot up periodically from Ceres when portions of its icy surface warm slightly. Ceres is classified as (more...)

Dead Star and Distant Black Holes Dazzle in X-Rays

Two new views from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, showcase the telescope’s talent for spying objects near and far. One image shows the energized remains of a dead star, a structure nicknamed the “Hand of God” after its resemblance to a hand (above). Another (more...)

Space Station Gets New Life as International Collaboration Grows

By Charlene Porter, Staff Writer The Obama administration announced January 8 that it will support a four-year extension of operations at the International Space Station (ISS) and urged its international partners in the enterprise to do likewise. In their joint announcement of the extension, Assistant to the President (more...)

NASA’s Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets

More than three-quarters of the planet candidates discovered by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft have sizes ranging from that of Earth to that of Neptune, which is nearly four times as big as Earth. Such planets dominate the galactic census but are not represented in our own solar (more...)

First 2014 Asteroid Discovered, Probably Hit Earth

Early on January 1, while New Year celebrations were still underway in the United States, the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, spotted what was possibly a very small asteroid — 2 to 3 meters in size — on a potential impact trajectory with Earth. Designated 2014 (more...)

NASA’s Deep Space Network Celebrates 50 Years

The Deep Space Network first existed as just a few small antennas as part of the Deep Space Instrumentation Facility. That facility, operated by the U.S. Army in the 1950s, morphed into the Deep Space Network on December 24, 1963, and quickly became the de facto (more...)

Cassini Sees Saturn and Moons in Holiday Dress

Saturn and two of its most fascinating moons, Titan and Enceladus, are dressed and dazzling in a special package assembled by Cassini’s imaging team. “During this, our 10th holiday season at Saturn, we hope that these images from Cassini remind everyone the world over of the significance (more...)

Chemical Surprise Found in Crab Nebula

Astronomers have discovered a rare chemical pairing in the remains of an exploded star called the Crab Nebula. A gas thought to be a loner has made a “friend,” linking up with a chemical partner to form a molecule. The discovery, made with the European Space (more...)

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