Schizophrenia may be triggered by excess protein during brain development

A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new Rutgers research. Bonnie Firestein, professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, says too much protein expressed by the NOS1AP gene, which has been associated with schizophrenia, causes abnormalities in brain structure and faulty connections between nerve cells that prevent them from communicating properly. —> Read More Here

Healthy gut microbiota can prevent metabolic syndrome, researchers say

Promoting healthy gut microbiota, the bacteria that live in the intestine, can help treat or prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of risk factors that increases a person’s risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Cornell University. Their findings are published in the journal Gastroenterology. —> Read More Here

Antares Doomed Descent into Hellish Inferno – Up Close Launch Pad Photo Exclusive: Pt. 1

Antares descended into hellish inferno after first stage propulsion system at base of Orbital Sciences Antares rocket exploded moments after blastoff from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, VA, on Oct. 28, 2014, at 6:22 p.m. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

Antares descended into hellish inferno after first stage propulsion system at base of Orbital Sciences Antares rocket exploded moments after blastoff from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA, on Oct. 28, 2014, at 6:22 p.m. Credit: Ken Kremer – kenkremer.com

NASA WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY, VA – All was calm, the air was crisp with hope and the skies were clear as far as the eye could see as the clock ticked down to T MINUS Zero for the Oct. 28, 2014 blastoff of an Orbital Sciences commercial Antares rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, VA, – on a mission of critical importance, bound for the International Space Station and stocked with science and life support supplies for the six humans living and working aboard.

Tragically it was not to be – as I reported live from the NASA press site on that fateful October day. The rocket’s base exploded violently and unexpectedly just seconds after a beautiful evening liftoff, due to the failure of one of the refurbished AJ26 first stage Soviet era engines.

And now for the first time, I can show you precisely what the terrible incendiary view was like through exclusive, up close launch pad —> Read More Here

Soyuz docks at Space Station; Expedition 42 joins crew

Moscow (AFP) Nov 24, 2014

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy’s first female astronaut has safely docked with the International Space Station, NASA said.

Samantha Cristoforetti, along with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts, arrived at the orbiting space lab on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft at 0249 GMT Monday, NASA said.

“A new vehicle has arrived. The Soyuz is confirmed as —> Read More Here

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