Cup of science, spoonful of art, and a dash of whatever else the universe has to offer.
Reblogged from s-cientia
A graduate student has created the first man-made biological leaf. It absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant. He did this by suspending chloroplasts in a mixture made out of silk protein. He believed it can be used for many things but the most striking one is the thought that it could be used for long distance space travel. Plants do not grow in space, but this synthetic material can be used to produce oxygen in a hostile environment. (Video)
Reblogged from colchrishadfield
These 16-yr-old Irish girls won the google Science Fair. Worth reading what they did.
Reblogged from teded
View the TED-Ed Lesson How cosmic rays help us understand the universe
We only know 4% of what the universe is made up of. Can we also know what lies beyond our galaxy … and if there are undiscovered forms of matter? Luckily, we have space messengers — cosmic rays — that bring us physical data from parts of the cosmos beyond our reach. Veronica Bindi explains what cosmic rays are, and how they transmit information about our universe from the great beyond.
Reblogged from jtotheizzoe
Do Periods Actually Make Women Moody?Every man and woman needs to watch this! Are women actually more moody on their period? We break down the biggest myths about menstruation, periods, and PMS with the help of iiSuperwomanii!
Good work on using science to address some of the myths and stigma around something that half of all humans on Earth experience!
Reblogged from scinote
To Infinity and Beyond
Boeing and SpaceX have both been awarded contracts by NASA to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Ever since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet in 2011, it has been relying on the Russian Soyuz capsule to fly astronauts to the ISS, an arrangement that was meant to be temporary until NASA’s chosen commercial partners under the Commercial Crew Development Project could supply it with a private spacecraft.
Well, with the strained US-Russia relations in recent months, the timing couldn’t have been better! Boeing is a well-known Chicago-based aerospace company known for its commercial and military aircraft. On the other hand, Hawthorne-based SpaceX is a startup run by Paypal cofounder and visionary Elon Musk.
This new development is very significant as it could be the beginning of a new era in space exploration. Until recently, only governments could afford to build and fly spacecraft, but now, private companies are starting to get in on some of the action. In fact, SpaceX has actually already made history before. In 2012, the very year after the shuttles retired, SpaceX became the first private company to launch a spacecraft to dock with the ISS.
With private companies now able to send astronauts and cargo to low-earth orbit destinations like the ISS for relatively low cost, NASA and other government agencies will be able to put more funding into more ambitious exploration missions to uncover even more about our universe.
To read more about the contracts, click on this link.
Submitted by Aram H., Discoverer.
Edited by Peggy K.