NASA overhauls its archive of Earth views from space

NASA overhauls its archive of Earth views from space

NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) website is now providing daily, up-close views of our planet in both natural and enhanced color, thanks to a recent overhaul.

The American space agency recently overhauled its archive of Earth views from space provided by Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite’s EPIC. The satellite orbits the Sun at a distance of one million miles from Earth, providing scientists with data to study the planet’s weather and climate.

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Iranian infant granted waiver to Trump’s immigration ban

Iranian infant granted waiver to Trump’s immigration ban

A 4-month-old Iranian girl in need of heart surgery has been granted a waiver to President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban to enter the United States so that the infant can have the life-saving procedure in Portland.

An executive order issued by President Trump bans immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. But, the Iranian infant has been granted the waiver after Gov. Cuomo secured legal assistance for the infant’s family, just as a federal court judge in Seattle granted a temporary injunction on Trump’s executive order.

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Full-scale JWST model on show at Super Bowl

Full-scale JWST model on show at Super Bowl

Football fans descending on the city of Houston for Super Bowl are enjoying an additional fascination, thanks to Northrop Grumman Corp. that has provided them with an opportunity to have a glimpse into the future of deep space exploration.

Northrop has put a full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in downtown Houston as part of NASA’S “Future Flight” exhibit at the Super Bowl Live festival. It will be used by NASA scientists to explore deep space.

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Number of toddlers suffering eye burns from laundry packets skyrocket

Number of toddlers suffering eye burns from laundry packets skyrocket

The number of chemical burns to the eye linked to laundry detergent packets jumped more than thirty times among toddlers from 2012 to 2015, a new study revealed.

According to the new study, more than 1,200 young kids, in the age-group of 3-4 years, received chemical burns to the eye during that period of time period. The number such instances jumped from 12 in 2012 to 480 in 2015.

Proportionally, the total number of chemical eye injuries linked to laundry detergent packets soared from 0.8 per cent of all burns in 2012 to 26 per cent in 2015.

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Space causes changes to astronauts’ gut bacteria: study

Space causes changes to astronauts’ gut bacteria: study

Space not only physically impacts astronauts’ body and brain but also cause changes to certain gut “bugs,” according to a new research.

A team of researchers at Northwestern University studied the gut bacteria of NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Mark Kelly, identical twin brothers who are part of a unique human study, and found that changes occur to gut bacteria in space.

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Researchers find harmful chemicals in fast food packaging

Researchers find harmful chemicals in fast food packaging

Fast-food lovers in the United States might be at risk as a new study has revealed that many of the materials that are used to pack short-order food items contain harmful synthetic chemicals.

Led by Laurel Schaider of the Silent Spring Institute, a group of researchers found that paper products that are used to serve fast foods like French fries, fried chicken, burritos, donuts and burgers, may contain synthetic chemicals that resist heat and grease and could be linked to various health risks.

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Scientists produce blueprint to actually build quantum computer

Scientists produce blueprint to actually build quantum computer

An international team of scientists claimed to have produced a real blueprint to actually build a large-scale quantum computer -- super-fast machines that can revolutionize computing and solve problems that existing computers can’t.

Scientists have long been trying to harness the world of quantum mechanics but the challenges of creating practical, large-scale models have kept thus far the quantum technology confined to laboratories.

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Columbia Shuttle disaster remembered on its 14th anniversary

Columbia Shuttle disaster remembered on its 14th anniversary

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, marked the 14th anniversary of the devastating Columbia Space Shuttle disaster that had claimed seven lives as the shuttle broke up and burnt to ashes while returning from a 16-day space mission.

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British health officials come across drug-resistant malaria cases

British health officials come across drug-resistant malaria cases

A newly released study has revealed that drug-resistant malaria is turning up in the U.K., indicating that malaria parasites have increasingly been adapting to existing drugs.

The recommended treatment for malaria is an artemisinin-based drug combination known as Artemether-lumefantrine. Taking a few pills over the course of 3-4 days kills the malaria parasites, but the new study warned that the parasites are becoming resistant to these drugs.

Zoo orangutan to have a chance to find her mate online

Zoo orangutan to have a chance to find her mate online

Samboja the orangutan at a zoo in the Netherlands will search for a mate through an online project called “Tinder for orangutans,” zoo authorities have confirmed.

The Apenheul Primate Park Zoo in the Netherlands has confirmed that Samboja has approached the age where she could start mating and having kids.

Zoo officials also announced a plan to show the female orangutan photographs of eligible males on a touchscreen tablet. In case she pays extra attention to a photo or video of certain male that would be a sign that she might be interested in that male.

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