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Glaucoma may be a curable autoimmune disease, say scientists

Glaucoma, the blinding condition which affects nearly 500,000 people in Britain, may be an autoimmune disease which could be cured, scientists believe.<p>The common eye problem was thought to occur when fluid builds up in the eye, crushing the optic nerve and causing irreversible damage to the …

Medical Research

On 'mission to touch the sun,' Parker Solar Probe has launched

<b>(CNN) —</b> Humanity's first visit to a star began this weekend. NASA's Parker Solar Probe will explore the sun's atmosphere in a mission that launched early Sunday. This is the agency's first mission to the sun and its outermost atmosphere, the corona.<p>After being delayed on Saturday, the probe …

Space

She made a career out of studying the brain. Then hers veered off course.

<b>The walls inside Barbara Lipska’s office</b> at the National Institute of Mental Health are plastered with race plaques: first-, second-, third-place awards. Lipska, 67, only started running in her 40s, but because she does nothing halfway, in short order she was doing marathons and triathlons, while …

Mental Disorders

Buddha Nature and Our Relationship With Mother Earth - Mind & Body

Love Letter to the Earth <i>(Parallax Press, 2013), is Thich Nhat Hanh’s passionate appeal for ecological mindfulness and the strengthening of our</i> …

Meditation

New Study Suggests 'Hothouse Earth' Could Be Inevitable - ExtremeTech

New Study Suggests ‘Hothouse Earth’ Could Be Inevitable<p>By on August 8, 2018 at 9:33 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this …

Climate Change

Tornadoes on the East Coast May Be a Sign of Things to Come

<i>Want climate news in your inbox?</i> <i>Sign up here for</i> <b>Climate Fwd:</b><i>, our email newsletter.</i><p>A tornado, albeit a weak one, touched down in New York City last Thursday, in the College Point neighborhood of Queens. A few days earlier, a stronger tornado was spotted near the town of Douglas, in central …

Climate Change

A Disappointing New Problem With Geo-Engineering

Dimming the sky won’t save the world’s harvests.<p>Over the past few years, I’ve heard dozens of scientists talk about solar geo-engineering, the once outlandish idea that humanity should counteract climate change by releasing special gases into the stratosphere to reflect away sunlight and cool the …

Climate Change

Huge, glowing ‘rogue’ planet spotted ‘drifting’ through space

A huge “rogue” planet with an unexplained “glow” lurks beyond our solar system, scientists claim.<p>The monstrously large world is 12 times bigger than …

Universe

Astronomers Have Detected an Intense And Mysteriously Low Frequency Radio Signal Coming From Space

Hello?<p>Astronomers have detected yet another mysterious and powerful fast radio burst hitting Earth from an unknown source in space.<p>If that's not …

Universe

Trump administration moves to revoke Obama-era fuel economy standards

The White House announced Thursday that it is moving ahead on its much-anticipated plan to roll back the fuel economy mandate set by the Obama administration. The move is likely to mean fewer high-efficiency, zero-pollution cars on the road.<p>The previous guidelines, which were reached during Obama's …

Pesticides

Is This Fungus Using a Virus to Control an Animal's Mind?

An unusual detective story<p>The story of the misplaced virus—a discovery that Michael Eisen describes as one of the wackiest of his career—began with some plates of fruit.<p>In the summer of 2015, Carolyn Elya, a member of Eisen’s team at the University of California, Berkeley, began leaving fruit out …

Microbiology

Jupiter's new moons: an irregular bunch with an extra oddball that's the smallest discovered so far

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar system and has been studied intensively for hundreds of years, so you might think there would be little …

Astronomy

Mars is brighter than it has been in years. Get out there and see it.

The red planet is popular with science fiction enthusiasts and space scientists alike, and now, thanks to a fortunate cosmic alignment, everyone can …

Astronomy

5 Sights You Must Take In During The Century's Longest Total Lunar Eclipse

On July 27, 2018, the longest total lunar eclipse of the century will take place. Totality will last for a phenomenal 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds: only four minutes short of the theoretical, maximum possible duration. The fully-eclipsed phase of the Moon be visible across portions of six …

Astronomy

Huge lake of liquid water found on Mars

A huge lake of liquid water has been found on Mars. The groundbreaking discovery comes after years of evidence of the Red Planet's watery past and …

Mars

Mars is So Bright Right Now You Can Shoot Its Reflection in the Ocean

Mars is closer to Earth and brighter than its been since back in 2003. It’s so bright that photographer Abdul Dremali managed to capture this photo …

Astronomy

Every Tiny Speck of Light in This Image Is a Galaxy

To help us grok the immensity of the cosmos, the European Space Agency has released a remarkable image of space in which every point is an entire …

Universe

Space: The Next South China Sea

The head of the Chinese lunar exploration program, Ye Peijian, has remarked that:<p>the universe is an ocean, the moon is the Diaoyu Islands, Mars is …

Space Exploration

In Ireland, drought and a drone revealed the outline of an ancient henge

A drone flight and a lingering dry spell have exposed a previously unknown monument in Ireland’s Boyne Valley, forgotten for thousands of years and …

Archaeology

Editor's Opinion: A Category 6? That's hard to fathom

A story on today's front page offers more sobering predictions about the damage a hurricane could cause to coastal communities like Terrebonne and …

Climate Change

Spiral galaxy NGC 1232

This spectacular image of the large spiral galaxy NGC 1232 was obtained on September 21, 1998, during a period of good observing conditions. It is …

Cosmology

Kilauea Volcano Destroys School With No Sign of Slowing Down After 10 Weeks

It keeps getting worse.<p>Kilauea’s fissure 8 continues to wreak havoc on the Big Island of Hawaii. More buildings met with the lava flowing from the …

Geology

Pluto Just Aligned With Earth And The Sun For The First Time In 87 Years

Pluto reached opposition on July 12 and won't align with the rest of the solar system again until the year 2179.<p>This week marked a grand occasion for …

Astronauts Explain Why Nobody's Visited The Moon in More Than 45 Years, And The Answer's a Little Depressing

We could do it in 1969, so why not now?<p>Landing 12 people on the Moon remains one of NASA's greatest achievements, if not the greatest.<p>Astronauts …

Space Exploration

New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Center

You’re looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness.<p>Scientists …

Universe

This Tiny Fern Is the "Most Economically Important' Fern On Earth

Meet the plant nicknamed 'green manure.'<p>Much like Frodo in <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, the fern <i>Azolla filiculoides</i> proves that the small can certainly pack …

University of California

There's Spooky Plasma Music Traveling From Saturn to its Weirdest Moon

Two weeks before Cassini, a robot probe, destroyed itself in a controlled dive into Saturn's whirling atmosphere, it heard the gas giant sing to its …

Astronomy

Does Anything Other Than Light Travel At The Speed Of Light?

<i>Does anything other than light travel at the speed of light? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Viktor T. Toth, IT pro, part-time physicist, on Quora:</b><p>Anything massless would travel in a …

A Venus Aircraft Could Be in NASA's Plans

NASA is interested in potentially exploring Venus' skies.<p>The space agency has awarded Colorado-based company Black Swift Technologies (BST) a …

NASA spacecraft captures stunning new photos of Jupiter

NASA has released several stunning new images of Jupiter’s northern hemisphere.I had the pleasure of writing about NASA spacecraft Juno and her large …