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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Hubble spotted this smiley face in space

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Pictures of space get a lot of smiles around here, but it's pretty rare for one of them to smile back at us.This adorable image -- in which the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 seems to be smiling at the camera -- comes courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope. Show More Summary

NASA gives us an amazing look at the ‘dark’ side of the moon

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Thanks to NASA, we now know what the solar system looks like, centered on a view of the moon's far side. The computer-generated time-lapse gives two views of the lunar cycle from the side of the moon we never see from Earth.Read full article >>

This college student is eating bugs for 30 days so you will too

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

If Cam Brantley-Rios can eat bugs for every meal, the Auburn University senior figures, then anyone can do it. In the hopes of inspiring potential insect-eaters across America, he's committed himself to a 30-day challenge doing just that.For the next few weeks, he's having bugs in every single meal.Read full article >>

Baltimore health commissioner and physicians call for measles vaccinations

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Baltimore's health commissioner and a group of leading physicians Monday called on parents to vaccinate their children against the measles, warning that "the Disneyland outbreak raises the real risk that measles may come roaring back.Read full article >>

Here’s how sex reassignment surgery works

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

In this excellent post, my colleague Steven Petrow advised that if you're wondering whether someone you know is transitioning from one gender to the other, it's best to "check your curiosity and hold your tongue." But we all have questions about a subject that is increasingly mainstream. Show More Summary

Upcoming report on technological fixes for climate change adds to debate

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Here’s a word guaranteed to start an argument among scientists and environmental activists: geoengineering. The word covers a variety of hypothetical technological fixes for the problem of climate change.Read full article >>

A 15-minute HIV and syphilis test — from your iPhone

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Researchers at Columbia University have taken the mechanics of a laboratory test for HIV and syphilis and crammed them into a device the size of a wallet. It attaches to a smartphone and can provide accurate results in 15 minutes.Read full article >>

Adults are skipping their vaccinations, too — for lots of diseases

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

You've probably read more about measles vaccine, who gets it and who doesn't in the past month than in all your previous years on earth. But there's more to worry about. It turns out, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that adults are skippng all kinds of vaccinations for a variety of conditions that imperil them.Read full article >>

The science behind Brian Williams’ mortifying memory flub

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

When we tell stories about our lives, most of us never have our memories questioned. NBC's Brian Williams, like other high-profile people in the past, is finding out what happens when someone does.Williams' faux pas — retelling a story...Show More Summary

Now we have an even better view of Ceres and its mysterious white spot

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Remember how last week NASA released the best-ever image of Ceres, a dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter? Well now we've got a better one. Welcome to the future, people. These are exciting times.And what a world this dwarf planet is:...Show More Summary

More African Americans still die of HIV than whites and Latinos combined, CDC says

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

More African Americans still die of HIV than whites and Latinos combined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday, but the black death rate is generally declining more quickly than it is for those other groups.Read full article >>

Hubble catches a rare three-moon-parade in front of Jupiter

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Jupiter has more stable moons than any other planet in the solar system (67!) but the four Galilean satellites are the most famous. Discovered by Galileo himself, they're the planet's four largest moons. Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto...Show More Summary

This sea slug steals plant genes to live like a leaf

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The brilliant green sea slug Elysia chloroctica doesn't just look like the leaf of a plant: It functions like one, too. When it's supper time, the slug uses chloroplasts taken from local algae to photosynthesize for itself. That's not news: Scientists have known about the chloroplast theft since the 1970s. Show More Summary

FDA head Margaret Hamburg to resign in March; Ostroff to be acting chief

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Margaret Hamburg, who as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration over the past six years has presided over new initiatives on food safety and tobacco regulation and has worked to fast-track new breakthrough drugs, plans to resign from her post in March, the agency said Thursday.Read full article >>

The goal for Ebola now: Zero cases

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is entering a critical and complicated new phase, one that global health officials refer to simply as “getting to zero.” Even as cases continue to plummet, reaching that elusive goal means marshaling more resources than ever to stamp out the virus.Read full article >>

Over nine years after its launch, New Horizons’ first images of Pluto have arrived

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Hey there, Pluto!New Horizons has spent nine years approaching Pluto, the only "planet" in our solar system (okay, okay it's a dwarf planet) that hasn't been visited by a spacecraft yet. It's going to be another 99 days or so (checkShow More Summary

‘Face of a demon’: Beastly goblin shark comes up from the deep

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The "creepy" looking beast is said to have "a face of a demon," with a dagger-shaped snout and nail-like fangs that jut out from its extendable jaws.Its skin is pinkish-grey, its body soft and flabby.It's called the goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni), and it's rarely seen by humans, instead lurking in deep waters, usually off the coast of Japan.Read full article >>

Giant, ancient rodents may have used their teeth like an elephant’s tusks

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

You know what's terrifying? A giant rodent. You know what's more terrifying? A giant rodent that uses its massive buck teeth to beat you up.According to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Anatomy, the largest rodent fossil ever found -- the South American Josephoartigasia monesi -- may have used its chompers for more than nibbling away at carrots.Read full article >>

Watch baby great horned owls hatch and grow up live on camera

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Above, you can watch a livestream of a great horned owl brooding her hatching eggs. The footage comes courtesy of one of Cornell Lab of Ornithology's bird cams. This one is trained on a nest 75 feet above a golf course in Savannah, Ga. Show More Summary

Parents with doubts about vaccinations face backlash from pediatricians, peers

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The letter arrived in the midst of a growing furor about the country’s worst measles outbreak in years.Cindy Shay, a Maryland health-care lawyer, had been taking her children to Bayside Pediatrics in Annapolis for a decade when her doctor wrote last month that he “was no longer able to continue as your child’s pediatrician.”Read full article >>

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