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Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Jane Goodall, Julia Child, Pablo Neruda, Marie Curie, E.E. Cummings, Albert Einstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Frida Kahlo, and more.<p>Margaret Mead extolled the value of “spiritual and mental ancestors” in how we form our identity — those people to whom we aren’t related but whose …

Literature

The U.S. Is Still Far From Legalizing Three-Parent Babies

We have the technology, but we lag behind the Brits. What do they know that we don’t?<p>This past February, the United Kingdom became the first country to legalize mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT), also known as mitochondrial DNA replacement, which can be used to make “three-parent babies.” …

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

Emma Stone Wins

Awards season chatter has already started about Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s new film “Birdman” and its star, Emma Stone, is generating her own buzz on the red carpet.

Scientists close in on diabetes cure with production of insulin-producing cells

Stem cell researchers at Harvard University have devised a method for creating large quantities of human insulin-producing beta cells, which could …

Diabetes

Hubble Telescope Spots Post-Pluto Targets for New Horizons Probe

A NASA spacecraft may have another frigid object in its sights after zooming past Pluto next summer.<p>NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted three …

Commercial Crew Program

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and …

APOD: The Helix Nebula from Blanco and Hubble (2014 Oct 12) Image Credit: C. R. O'Dell, (Vanderbilt) et al. ESA, NOAO, NASA http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap141012.html Explanation: How did a star create the Helix nebula? The shapes of planetary nebula like the Helix are important because they likely hold clues to how stars like the Sun end their lives. Observations by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope and the 4-meter Blanco Telescope in Chile, however, have shown the Helix is not really a simple helix. Rather, it incorporates two nearly perpendicular disks as well as arcs, shocks, and even features not well understood. Even so, many strikingly geometric symmetries remain. How a single Sun-like star created such beautiful yet geometric complexity is a topic of research. The Helix Nebula is the nearest planetary nebula to Earth, lies only about 700 light years away toward the constellation of Aquarius, and spans about 3 light-years. http://www.physics.vanderbilt.edu/cv/odell.html http://www.vanderbilt.edu/physics/index.php http://www.spacetelescope.org/ http://www.noao.edu/ http://www.nasa.gov/ 2015 APOD Calendar: Nebulas and Star Clusters http://friendsofapod.org/?page_id=42 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=141012 #APOD