Lynn Heilman

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Becoming a rain detective with a backyard weather station

London summers can be the most arduous of times. Since early July, we've had highs of 98 and lows of 48. We've had sun, rain and everything in between. Planning where to go or what to wear more than a few days in advance is an impossibility. I do my best, of course, combining AccuWeather's …

How Common is Life in the Universe?

We don’t know, but we can do some interesting thought experiments.The only confirmed life in the Universe is here on Earth. That gives us one data …

Universe

THE SHOT: Lunar Eclipse of the Space Station

Calsky.com is one of a few websites that will calculate interesting astronomical events you can see from your GPS coordinates. I have several alerts setup including ISS transits across the sun and the moon. The alert detail will tell you, to the second, when it will cross and knowing this I was …

Being Grateful Today Leads to Happiness Tomorrow

In the beginning of the year, I started an email chain with a close friend of mine where we simply stated the 5 things we were grateful for on that particular day. What this lead to was daily exchanges of our top 5, with the one rule that we could not repeat anything written in a prior email. So, …

This video perfectly captures why we are so excited about NASA's mission to Pluto

It's a mission that faced countless roadblocks and setbacks before it ever got off the ground. Now the spacecraft is closing in on Pluto and its moon system that sit at the very edge of our solar system.<p>This will be the first time we've ever visited the distant dwarf planet.<p>The National Space …

Space

I Am Still A Cat: I Photograph Disabled Cats To Show They’re Still Awesome

I wish to change the way people think about disabled cats. I wish to change the mind set of dividing cats into categories of worse and better, and …

Pets

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected …

Yes, your pictures of Myanmar are pretty. But these are prettier

About 25 years ago, when lifelong Californian David Heath was in the early stages of a career in business, he stepped into a client's office, sat down and saw behind the client a big, strange, beautiful photo: the plains of Bagan, dotted with ancient temples. Burma.<p>"That's my country," the client …

Asia

Turns Out Satellites Work Great for Mapping Earthquakes

The Nepal earthquake on Saturday devastated the region and killed over 2,500 people, with more casualties mounting across four different countries. …

In Texas Textbooks, Moses Is a Founding Father

The Texas State Board of Education is studying how textbook publishers responded to the state’s ideologically driven guidelines for teaching history. …

The Best Places to Stargaze in America

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>For 25 years, NASA’s orbiting Hubble telescope has beamed mesmerizing images of our universe. But Earth dwellers can get stellar celestial views, too.<p>Here are three trip-worthy dark-sky havens in the United States:<p>> Lake Powell (Utah)<p>The combination of a thin atmosphere and …

Black Holes: Facts, Theory & Definition

Black holes are some of the strangest and most fascinating objects found in outer space. They are objects of extreme density, with such strong …

Absence of gravitational-wave signal extends limit on knowable universe

Imagine an instrument that can measure motions a billion times smaller than an atom that last a millionth of a second. Fermilab’s Holometer is …

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Geoscience

Psychology of smiling: can you tell a fake smile from a genuine one?

A smile is the universal welcome, the writer Max Eastman once remarked. But how sure can we be that a person’s smile is genuine? The answer is the empathy test, created by psychologist Richard Wiseman, which probes our ability to appreciate the feelings of others – from their appearance.<p>A …

Psychology

Russell Brand cancels SXSW appearance

Russell Brand has pulled out of appearing in person at the South by Southwest Film Festival, the comedian announced on his website Friday.<p>"I apologise sincerely to the organisers of sxsw for my non-attendance," he wrote on RussellBrand.com.<p>Brand was scheduled to attend the world premiere of …

Film Festivals