Being in a position of power can fundamentally change the way you speak, altering basic acoustic properties of the voice, and other people are able to pick up on these vocal cues to know who is really in charge, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. —> Read More Here
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
Researchers had never shown exactly how cells in the brain stem detect carbon dioxide and regulate breathing in humans. After taking a mutation from a two-month-old baby and expressing it in human astrocytes, they did exactly that — and the research may lead to an early warning system to save premature infants with breathing trouble. —> Read More Here
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
Adult survivors of retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer that usually develops in early childhood, have few cognitive or social problems decades following their diagnosis and treatment. —> Read More Here
Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major.
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Joe Latrell at his Photos To Space blog.
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
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
(Reuters) – A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan on Sunday to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy’s first female astronaut.
Hundreds of spectators gathered on the wooden decking of Yokohama’s Osanbashi international terminal to wave goodbye to Peace Boat’s 86th Voyage this Friday. Some huddled around home-made placards bearing the names of friends and relatives onboard, others held aloft renditions of Yokohama’s Bay Bridge, and one group had outfitted themselves in Santa Claus getups for the occasion, their white beards catching the November sun.
Parallel to the concourse, the engines of Peace Boat’s current charter, the Ocean Dream, rumbled into life. From here the ship – a repurposed commercial cruise liner built to accommodate more than 1000 passengers – would sail for Kobe, before visiting 17 other ports in 14 countries in a southerly circumnavigation of the world along the route first sailed by Ferdinand Magellan during the Age of Discovery.
Vit Mlcoch, one of a small minority of non-Japanese passengers onboard, jostled for position on the port side decks, shouldering a space between clicking cameras and waving passengers. Close by, Brazilian Consul to Japan Marco Farani, was giving a speech on the significance of the three-month journey. “As —> Read More Here