Neil deGrasse Tyson And NFL Football Maker Wilson Call Bull On Bill Belichick’s Deflategate Excuse

Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History and all-around scientific badass, said on Monday that New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is full of hot air when it comes to Deflategate.

Belichick claimed “atmospheric conditions” may have caused balls to lose air pressure during his team’s AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18.

But Tyson deflated that theory with a single tweet:

For the Patriots to blame a change in temperature for 15% lower-pressures, requires balls to be inflated with 125-degree air.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) January 26, 2015

Also on Monday, the NFL’s official football manufacturer said Belichick’s explanation didn’t fly.

That’s BS,” Wilson representative Jim Jenkins told “That’s BS, man.”

Jenkins told the website that different environments might cause the PSI inside the ball to change,but “maybe in a year or two.” To cause the pressure to change more quickly, Jenkins suggested a ball would have to be placed in a freezer, then thawed.

Tyson and Jenkins aren’t alone in dismissing Belichick. Last week, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” poked holes in another explanation floated by Belichick, that —> Read More Here

MRIs link impaired brain activity to inability to regulate emotions in autism

Researchers from the UNC School of Medicine have found that — when it comes to the ability to regulate emotions – brain activity in autistic people is significantly different than is brain activity in people without autism. Using fMRI, the researchers showed that symptoms including tantrums, irritability, anxiety, and depression seem to have a biological, mechanistic basis. —> Read More Here

Nanoparticles that deliver oligonucleotide drugs into cells described in Nucleic Acid Therapeutics

Therapeutic oligonucleotide analogs represent a new and promising family of drugs that act on nucleic acid targets such as RNA or DNA; however, their effectiveness has been limited due to difficulty crossing the cell membrane. A new delivery approach based on cell-penetrating peptide nanoparticles can efficiently transport charge-neutral oligonucleotide analogs into cells, as reported in Nucleic Acid Therapeutics. —> Read More Here

Decisions on future childbearing in women diagnosed with a meningioma

Female meningioma survivors were surveyed to ascertain their personal attitudes toward childbearing and what influences may have played a role in their attitudes. The survey revealed that 43 of respondents 25-44 years of age were warned that pregnancy was a risk factor for meningioma recurrence. Nevertheless, these women were more likely to want a baby (70 percent vs. 54 percent) and intend to have a baby (27 percent vs. 12 percent) than same-age women in the general population. —> Read More Here

Juno Winter Storm arrives in New York City

This post is the last in the Click! Click! Click! Series which profiles interesting photographic moments that Kike captures during his travels.

As Juno, the potentially historic winter storm setting in from New York City to Boston, gains strength and forces a shut down of most services across its 250-mile span, the city that never sleeps is asked to retire for a day or two.

But in this city, the show must go on. While Broadway shows get canceled, the subway gets suspended and cars get banned from city streets, New Yorkers resiliently go about their day. A grey, snowy Manhattan seems to become the stage of a 1950’s theater play. Black coats, hats, and umbrellas brave the storm and reluctantly flock to shelter as the blizzard enters the scene with its loud, gusting winds.

The magic of the Manhattan nightscape lives on through the beginning of the storm tonight. And the blurry, empty streets add to its nostalgic, timeless feel. But with this storm history is being written. And that is far beyond picturesque. It is a serious dose of realism. The international climate change community warns that with climate change, more randomly frequent —> Read More Here

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