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Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres

This artist concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft above dwarf planet Ceres, as seen in images from the mission.

NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.



Take a Walk on Mars — in Your Own Living Room

Access Mars allows any member of the public to explore the discoveries of NASA's Curiosity rover.

JPL and Google have collaborated on a free VR experience that lets people "walk" on Mars.



American Daily Routine

Sleep. Work. Play. The times and everything in between change depending on who you talk to. Read More

After journal retracts their paper, authors post rebuttal on arXiv

In July 2017, just days after accepting and publishing a paper, a physics journal discovered “several scientific errors” and decided to retract it. But the authors—Alexander Kholmetskii and Tolga Yarman—strongly objected to the journal’s decision, so much so they published a detailed rebuttal to the retraction on the preprint server arXiv. The paper explores a […]

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Ethical concerns arise for head of controversial stem cell clinic

Journals are raising ethical concerns about the research of a doctor who offers controversial embryonic stem cell treatments. Two journals have issued expressions of concern for three papers by Geeta Shroff, who was the subject of a 2012 CNN investigative documentary. All cite ethical concerns; one mentions the potential link between the procedure the authors […]

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Mapping happiness

Gallup surveyed Americans about their well-being across various factors. National Geographic gets into some of the geographic breakdowns.

While Gallup’s survey doesn’t attempt to explain why individuals feel the way they do, it does expose some commonalities among the lives of Americans. Respondents from the lowest ranked states were more likely to report worse physical and financial health: They were more likely to smoke, be obese, and have little interest in life. They also reported not having enough money to buy food or healthcare.

You can grab the data from the Gallup site here.

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NASA Damage Map Aids California Wildfire Response

NASA Damage Map Aids Northern California Wildfire Response

A NASA team has mapped areas in northern California likely damaged by the recent wildfires, for use in the wildfire response.



Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons

Artist's concept of the Psyche spacecraft

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.



CNVs from Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC) added to dbVar in September 2017 data release

Copy number variants (CNVs) from ExAC’s publication are now available at dbVar as nstd151. The data include approximately 50,000 CNV regions identified from 60,000 human exomes, providing a deep survey of common and rare copy number variation affecting protein-coding sequences … Continue reading