Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues have developed the first genetic strain of mice that can be infected with Ebola and display symptoms similar to those that humans experience. This work, published in the current issue of Science, will significantly improve basic research on Ebola treatments and vaccines, which are desperately needed to curb the worldwide public health and economic toll of the disease. —> Read More Here
Researchers have reconstituted cell division — complete with signals that direct molecular traffic — without the cell. Combining frog-egg extracts with lipid membranes that mimic the membrane of the cell, they built a cell-free system that recapitulates how the cleavage furrow is assembled. —> Read More Here
Climate talks stalked by spectre of the past —> Read More Here
Have archaeologists come to a dead end? No remains discovered within Alexander the Great-era tomb – but experts hope the burial room is hidden below ground
Some experts hope that a burial chamber is hidden below ground in the third chamber of the tomb, which is situated in the Amphipolis region of Serres in Greece. —> Read More Here
International regulators adopted a resolution designed to accelerate the introduction of satellite technology for commercial aircraft tracking, a subject that, while ostensibly noncontroversial, was aggressively contested by two satellite fleet operators.
Archeologists will start inspecting the land in an area in southern Spain near where the acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca is believed to have been executed and buried at the start of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, officials said Friday. —> Read More Here
Wind shear has caused the demise of former Tropical Cyclone Nilofar in the northern Arabian Sea. NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Nilofar on Oct. 31 and captured an image that shows strong wind shear has pushed the bulk of clouds and showers away from Nilofar’s center, basically sending the storm to its grave. —> Read More Here
Canada’s seeming vacillation as to how to advance the nation’s specialty in space-based robotics was in part responsible for MDAy’s purchase of SSL.
An electrode-studded spoon can conjure salt, sweet and bitter tastes on the tip of your tongue with just a quick pulse of electricity
Words of Kennedy’s Rice Speech hold especially true when the NASA’s goals seem challenged and suddenly not so close at hand. (Photo Credit: NASA)
Over the 50-plus years since president John F. Kennedy’s Rice University speech, spaceflight has proven to be hard. It doesn’t take much to wreck a good day to fly.
Befitting a Halloween story, rocket launches, orbital insertions and landings are what make for sleepless nights. These make-or-break events of space missions can be things that go bump in the night: sometimes you get second chances and sometimes not. Here’s a look at some of the past mission failures that occurred at launch. Consider this a first installment in an ongoing series of articles – “Not Because They Are Easy.”
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