Ashley Alonzo

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Don't start up the warp drive yet, Earth's cousins might be hard to spot

Unpack your bags and defrost your shipboard cryogenic chamber. New research out Monday suggests that it may not be as easy to identify potentially habitable planets as recent discoveries might have led us to believe.<p>Without getting too much into the weeds of spectroscopy and astrobiology, the …

Orange Octopus, More Creatures Found Deep in Antarctic Sea

Wildlife<p><b>A sea snail feeding off a dead octopus’ beak is among the 30 new species found during an expedition to Antarctica‘s Amundsen Sea (map), according to the first study to shed light on the sea’s</b> <b>bottom dwellers.</b><p>The newfound sea snail, or limpet, is from a group that specializes in feeding on …

When antibiotics stop working, here's what else we'll lose

This week, health authorities in New Zealand announced that the tightly quarantined island nation -- the only place I've ever been where you get …

5 Big Ideas for the Condom of the Future

Condoms have been around for centuries, but they haven't improved much in the last 50 years. People know they should use them, but for various …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

39 Thanksgiving Potato Recipes: Mashed, Baked & More

Mashed, roasted, or baked into a cheesy gratin—one of these 37 recipes for the potato is sure to grace your holiday table.<p><b>One of these easy, homey potato recipes</b> is sure to earn a permanent spot on your holiday table.

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16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

Why all we knew about planets is wrong

We thought we knew how planets form, but the discovery of hundreds outside our Solar System changed all that, even what type of world can house life like ours.<p>Up to only a couple of decades ago the perception of our Solar System was so simple. Every planet is unique: Saturn has its spectacular …

For $10, Convert Your Smartphone into a Microscope with Photo and Video Capabilities

[Update – 10:43AM 10/29/13] We actually built one of these $10 microscope stands. Take a look at the photos we took using it to see how well it works.<p>…

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July 2013

Stellar Space HD Wallpapers

Hey, space geeks! It's time to pimp your desktop with some fantastic, and why not to say, stellar space wallpapers! These are some high definition …

How Voyager Became a Grand Tour

A few weeks ago, NASA announced that Voyager 1 has become history’s first interstellar spacecraft. More than 11 billion miles from the Earth and 35 years into its mission, sometime in early August 2012 the spacecraft left the heliosphere, that invisible bubble where the solar wind’s influence …

Four ways to avoid becoming a leading sex pest

This past week has been an emotionally tough one in the science writing community. Tuesday was Ada Lovelace day, which was a chance to celebrate all of the amazing women, past and present, who have demonstrated that gender need not be a barrier to success in STEM subjects. It was wonderful to see …

Why Scientists Are Trying Viruses To Beat Back Bacteria

Not all viruses are bad for us. Some of them might even help up us fight off bacterial infections someday.<p>Naturally occurring viruses called bacteriophages attack specific types of bacteria. So researchers at the University of Leicester decided to try and take advantage of phages' …

For Philandering Time Travelers, A Map Of Syphilis During The Civil War

Enjoy this artifact of public health<p>This 1875 map of the prevalence of syphilis in the Union draws from one of the U.S. government's earliest sources of big data: Civil War conscription records.<p>In the age before antibiotics, syphilis rendered an individual unfit for military service. Conscripted …

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Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!<p>After …

Sitting at computers all day is killing us. This video could help save your life.

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re heading toward an early grave. I know, that sounds extreme, but we’re only just starting to …

5 Body Parts Scientists Can 3-D Print

Spacewatch: Moon-dust explorer

Long gone are the days when it was feared that the first spacecraft to reach the Moon's surface might be swallowed in a sea of dust. Although that didn't happen, lunar dust did prove a problem during the Apollo missions. Like a fine dark grey powder, and indeed smelling of spent gunpowder, it …

APOD: M8: The Lagoon Nebula (2013 Aug 17) Image Credit & Copyright: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo Explanation: This beautiful cosmic cloud is a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius. Eighteenth century cosmic tourist Charles Messier cataloged the bright nebula as M8. Modern day astronomers recognize the Lagoon Nebula as an active stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years distant, in the direction of the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Hot stars in the embedded open star cluster NGC 6530 power the nebular glow. Remarkable features can be traced through this sharp picture, showing off the Lagoon's filaments of glowing gas and dark dust clouds. Twisting near the center of the Lagoon, the small, bright hourglass shape is the turbulent result of extreme stellar winds and intense starlight. The alluring color view was captured with a telescope and digital camera while M8 was high in dark, rural Argentina skies. At the nebula's estimated distance, the picture spans over 60 light-years. http://www.pampaskies.com/gallery3/index.php Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=31932 #APOD

FYI: Can A Paper Cut Be Deadly?

A person with normal clotting ability would have to lose nearly 40 percent of his blood immediately to die of blood loss. The arteries with this bloodletting potential, though, such as the radial artery in the arm and femoral artery in the leg, are buried under too much flesh to be nicked by even …

A Yarn-Bombed Bridge And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Is Voyager 1 really out of the solar system?

It's 36 years since Voyager 1 was dispatched in 1977 on a mission to send back images of Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere and volcanic eruptions on one of its moons, Io. Then it was due to travel on to Saturn to examine that planet's intricate system of rings and moons. But after travelling more than …

Watch Lab-Grown Heart Tissue Beat On Its Own [Video]

Be still my heart.<p>A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has created lab-grown human heart tissue that can beat on its own, according to a new study in <i>Nature Communications</i>.<p>In 2008, a University of Minnesota study showed that the original cells from a rat heart …

Newly Discovered Pink Exoplanet on the Lighter Side

Researchers imaged this planet around a sun-like star, but its origins remain a mystery.<p><b>There is a pink exoplanet circling a star very much like our own, 57 light-years away from Earth. But its origins are a mystery.</b><p>In a new study announcing the magenta gas giant, researchers were able to directly …