human space exploration Science Technology 

Human space exploration, what are the holdbacks?

Space. The final frontier… Star Trek sure knew how to make people dream about interstellar space travel, and although we may still be lightyears away from travelling to the far corners of our galaxy, NASA and SpaceX have recently announced their plans for several manned missions to Mars, reviving many aspirations for further space travel. But how far can we... Read More
plastic bottles, chemicals bpa News Science 

Chemical found in plastic water bottles and food preparation linked to several health risks

Plastic bottles have been at the forefront of testing and quality control ever since it became known that certain containers had a tendency to leach chemicals into the water it was holding. Over the years several leading universities, including the University of Cincinnati (2008 ) and Harvard (2009) have published studies linking the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic... Read More
Stem cell research News Science 

Stem cell research: the debate continues to rage

The list of medical or scientific endeavours mired in controversy is fairly short, but stem cell research and related therapy are some of the most contentious issues in modern science. Simply, stem cell therapy involves the use of stem cells to treat or prevent a disease or condition, a form of this type of treatment involves bone marrow transplant –... Read More
dead zone, gulf of mexico News Science 

The Gulf of Mexico’s ‘ Dead Zone ’ could double in size this year

An oxygen-poor area in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to grow as runoff from American farms drastically increase the levels of Nitrogen in the water. Usually only about 13,700 square kilometres (5,300 square miles), Louisiana State University predicts the dead zone could stretch to almost 26,000 square kilometres (10,000 square miles). Federal agencies have tried to downplay the number,... Read More
Jupiter Red Spot picture from Juno Small News Science 

Juno Spacecraft takes detailed photos of Jupiter’s Big Red Spot

NASA’s Juno mission has taken some new breathtaking pictures of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. The JunoCam mounted on the satellite took some detailed photos of one of the gas giant’s major features. All the photos were then compiled by several citizen scientists, who were then able to put forward enhanced-color imagery of the spot. These images have taken the space... Read More
e-cigarette, cigarettes, smoking, vaping News Science 

Despite health uncertainties, e-cigarettes continue to surge in popularity

Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are a handheld electronic smoking device meant to replicate the feeling of smoking a real cigarette. These e-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol, or vapor, that the user inhales – which is why it is commonly referred to as ‘vaping’. The liquids used can have different flavors, and usually contain... Read More
LHC xicc++ cern News Science 

CERN Physicists discover a brand new particle

Physicists working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN as it is more commonly known, have discovered a new kind of heavy particle. The particle, named Xi-cc++ (pronounced Ksi-CC plus-plus) was discovered during ongoing experiments involving the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). You may remember the LHC being responsible for several other discoveries and scientific advancements in the past... Read More

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