Photographing the Grand Canyon from Space

Near Space Photographer John Flaig outfits weather balloons with cameras to capture novel images of iconic landscapes, such as the Grand Canyon. Explore the Colorado River, the life and soul of the American West:
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The Outcome Of The Super Bowl Could Depend On Whether The Players Are Night Owls Or Early Birds

By: Tanya Lewis
Published: 01/30/2015 09:38 AM EST on LiveScience

Football fans, take note: The outcome of this weekend’s Super Bowl, along with other major sporting events, may depend on whether the players are night owls or early birds, a new study suggests.

Scientists found that the performance of competitive athletes varied by as much as 26 percent over the course of a day.

“Even 1 percent makes the difference between winning a race and losing it,” said Roland Brandstaetter, a biologist at the University of Birmingham in England and co-author of the study published today (Jan. 29) in the journal Current Biology. [10 Things You Didn't Know About You]

The findings could have big implications for the timing of major sporting events, and how athletes train for them, the researchers said.

Larks and owls

Previous studies have always found that athletes perform their personal best in the evening, but nobody considered body-clock types properly, Brandstaetter told Live Science. All people, not just athletes, fall into categories based on internal biological clocks. People who are more awake earlier in the day are called “larks,” whereas those who are more awake at —> Read More Here

Town Rallies Behind Doctor, 88, Who May Lose License For Treating Poor Patients From His Car

A Mississippi community has united in support of a beloved physician whose career is in jeopardy.

Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, a World War II veteran, had been asked to turn over the medical license he’s held for more than 55 years to the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure by Jan. 15, the Washington Post reported earlier this month.

The 88-year-old doctor has been using his vehicle as an examination room to see poor patients in and around rural Edwards, Mississippi, for the past two years. Many patients can’t afford to pay him, so sometimes he works for free.

“I grew up poor, and when the doctor would come to us, and he was happy to see us, I pictured myself doing that some day,” Landrum told the Post. “I try not to ever turn people away — money or no money — because that’s where the need is.”

According to the state, running a mobile clinic out of a vehicle is unacceptable. But the octogenarian didn’t turn in his license, and has no plans to. And thousands near and far — are fighting back by his side.

I’ve done nothing wrong,” Landrum told Mississippi News Now. —> Read More Here

Obama Announces Efforts To Analyze DNA From 1 Million People

WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual’s genetic make-up.

At the heart of the “precision medicine” initiative, announced on Friday by President Barack Obama, is the creation of a pool of people – healthy and ill, men and women, old and young – who would be studied to learn how genetic variants affect health and disease.

Officials hope genetic data from several hundred thousand participants in ongoing genetic studies would be used and other volunteers recruited to reach the 1 million total.

“Precision medicine gives us one of the greatest opportunities for new medical breakthroughs we’ve ever seen,” Obama said, promising that it would “lay a foundation for a new era of life-saving discoveries.”

The near-term goal is to create more and better treatments for cancer, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), told reporters on a conference call on Thursday. Longer term, he said, the project would provide information on how to individualize treatment for a range of diseases.

The initial focus on cancer, he said, reflects the lethality of —> Read More Here

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