Megan Garcia

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Biologists uncover a new clue to messenger RNA decay - Futurity

A new discovery about chemical modifications on messenger RNA could offer insights into disorders such as obesity, diabetes, and infertility.

Why viruses and bacteria trigger different immune responses - Futurity

Scientists have identified a key difference in the way our immune systems respond to viral and bacterial pathogens.


Building A Social Network Of Crime

Can software distill mayhem into a database?<p>In Chicago's gang-embattled South Side, a shooting can incite swift retaliation, which spawns even further violence. That’s what may have happened in September in Cornell Square Park when gunmen opened fire on a basketball court just hours after one of …

Poisoned: why West Virginia's water crisis is everyone's problem

When 35-year-old Jason Eldridge arrived home last Thursday from his job as a systems administrator with a healthcare company in Charleston, West Virginia, he acted no differently than he normally would: he made dinner (that night, it was tacos) for his wife, his two-year-old daughter, and himself. …

Giant Planet Discovered in Pisces Star System

"There is a great interest in these stars that are known to host planets," explained Stephen Kane , an assistant professor of physics and astronomy …

A solar flare that erupted on the sun this week could intensify the northern lights Thursday and Friday (Jan. 9 and 10), and perhaps bring dazzling auroras as far south as Seattle, Chicago and Boston. Read more: And remember, if you take a photo of the auroras you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, please contact managing editor Tariq Malik at Thanks!

2014 January 10 - NGC 7293: The Helix Nebula

<b>NGC 7293: The Helix Nebula</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Don Goldman<p><b>Explanation:</b> A mere seven hundred light years from Earth, in the constellation …

Art from Mars - the best pictures

NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity have spent a decade photographing the Red Planet. Here are their most awe-inspiring shots, from space blueberries to crater sunsets

Lift off! -- An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it launches from Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Thursday, January 9, 2014, Wallops Island, VA. Antares is carrying the Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The Orbital-1 mission is Orbital Sciences' first contracted cargo delivery flight to the space station for NASA. Cygnus is carrying science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and other hardware to the space station. This image was captured by Brian Schallhorn across Oyster Bay, Temperanceville, VA. Credit: Flickr/brianschallhorn #Orb1 #rocket #launch #ISS

Searching for Time Travelers, Scientists Look to Social Media

Time travelers, if they exist amongst us, have yet to betray their period-hopping ways online, according to a fun, new study aimed at finding …

Hubble Sees a Star Set to Explode

Floating at the center of this new Hubble image is a lidless purple eye, staring back at us through space. This ethereal object, known officially as …

'Hand of God' Spotted by NASA Space Telescope (Photo)

Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the "Hand of God."<p>The cosmic …


Amateur astronomers have safely captured amazing views of a colossal sunspot seven times the size of Earth that is currently making its way across the face of the sun. See them here:


Kepler Mission Confirms Existence of 41 New Planets (Weekend Feature)

"This marvelous avalanche of information about the mini-Neptune planets is telling us about their core-envelope structure, not unlike a peach with …

A giant solar flare erupted on the sun last week, and you can see photos of it here:

These stars are so fast they can escape the Milky Way - Futurity

Astronomers have discovered a surprising new class of solitary stars moving fast enough to escape the gravitational grasp of the Milky Way galaxy.

WIRED Space Photo of the Day for January 2014

Author: Adam Mann<p>06:30 am<p>Follow Space Photo of the Day on TwitterThe 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day GalleryThe 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day …

Super-Earths likely to have oceans and continents

Massive exoplanets might be more like Earth than has been thought.<p>Massive terrestrial exoplanets – planets outside our solar system – called …

The dark side of the moon is turquoise, say astronomers

In a demonstration of the power of science to ruin a perfectly respectable work of art, researchers have discovered the colour of the dark side of the moon.<p>Measurements from a telescope in Hawaii mean that pedants may now argue that, technically speaking, if one wanted to be entirely accurate, the …

APOD: The Seagull Nebula (2014 Jan 11) Image Credit & Copyright: Michael Miller Explanation: A broad expanse of glowing gas and dust presents a bird-like visage to astronomers from planet Earth, suggesting its popular moniker - The Seagull Nebula. This portrait of the cosmic bird covers a 1.6 degree wide swath across the plane of the Milky Way, near the direction of Sirius, alpha star of the constellation Canis Major. Of course, the region includes objects with other catalog designations: notably NGC 2327, a compact, dusty emission region with an embedded massive star that forms the bird's head (aka the Parrot Nebula, above center). Dominated by the reddish glow of atomic hydrogen, the complex of gas and dust clouds with bright young stars spans over 100 light-years at an estimated 3,800 light-year distance. Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page #APOD

Best images from China’s Chang’e moon mission so far

The mission set down on moon on December 14, 2013 at 9:12 p.m. Beijing time. China is the third country to land on the moon, after U.S. and former …