Trump Official’s Anti-Vaxxer Wife Wants to “Bring Back” Childhood Diseases
Feb 15, 2019

By David G. McAfee An anti-vaxxer who’s married to a top White House official said she wants to “bring back our childhood diseases,” like the measles. Darla Shine is the wife of White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine (a former FOX News executive). She was apparently responding to a CNN report on the measles …

NASA wants to get to the moon ‘as fast as possible.’ But countries like China and India are racing there, too.
Feb 15, 2019

By Christian Davenport During the height of the Space Age, the United States and the Soviet Union bushwhacked a frantic path to the lunar surface, landing nearly 20 spacecraft softly on the moon between 1966 and 1976, including the six carrying NASA’s Apollo astronauts. But after the last of these missions, a robotic Soviet probe …

Human cells reprogrammed to create insulin
Feb 14, 2019

By Matthew Warren The destruction of a single kind of insulin-producing cell in the pancreas can lead to diabetes — but a study suggests that other cells could be modified to take its place and help to control blood sugar levels. The results raise hopes that ‘reprogrammed’ insulin-producing cells could be used as treatment for diabetes, …

Why Can’t NASA’s Curiosity Rover Rescue Opportunity?
Feb 14, 2019

By Rafi Letzter The Mars rover Opportunity has died, NASA announced yesterday (Feb. 13). A layer of dust likely coated its solar panels, preventing it from juicing itself up after a 2018 sky-blackening dust storm on the Red Planet. But why couldn’t NASA launch a rescue mission to get it working again? After all, Opportunity …

Andromeda Is Coming for Our Milky Way Galaxy, Eventually
Feb 13, 2019

By Dennis Overbye The apocalypse has been postponed. Astronomers have long known that the Andromeda galaxy, a.k.a. Messier 31, a swirling city-state of a trillion stars — plus all the accouterments of gas, dust, dark matter and black holes — is rumbling through the cosmos right toward us at 68 miles per second. Five years …

School cancels Darwin play after complaints from Christian parents
Feb 13, 2019

By Sophie Lewis An elementary school in Britain has canceled its performances of a musical on evolution after complaints from some Christian parents over some of its lyrics. About 90 students were preparing to perform “Darwin Rocks!,” a musical about Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, next month at Hartford Manor Primary School — …

How Many Creationists Are There in America?
Feb 13, 2019 · 1 

By Cary Funk, Greg Smith, and David Masci More than a century and a half after Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking thesis on the development of life, evolution remains a contentious topic in the United States. Most biologists and other scientists contend that evolutionary theory convincingly explains the origins and development of life on Earth. …

Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now gone to us
Feb 13, 2019

By Eric Berger Late Tuesday night, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent their final data uplink to the Opportunity rover on Mars. Over this connection, via the Deep Space Network, the American jazz singer Billie Holiday crooned “I’ll Be Seeing You,” a song which closes with the lines: I’ll find you in the morning sun And …

The Bizarre Planets That Could Be Humanity’s New Homes
Feb 13, 2019

By Charlie Jane Anders Imagine going to live on a planet where the sun never moves in the sky. No sunrise, no sunset. Several years ago, I became obsessed with tidally locked planets. The notion of a world permanently caught between two extremes—with one half always illuminated, the other always in the dark—took hold of …

Washington measles outbreak draws crowd to hearing on vaccine law
Feb 11, 2019

By Lena H. Sun and Kristen Millares Young OLYMPIA, Wash. — Anti-vaccine activists packed a public hearing Friday to oppose a bill that would make it harder for families to opt out of vaccination requirements for measles, mumps and rubella amid the state’s worst measles outbreak in more than two decades. An estimated 700 people, most of …

Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition
Feb 11, 2019

By Ross Andersen Amid the human crush of Old Delhi, on the edge of a medieval bazaar, a red structure with cages on its roof rises three stories above the labyrinth of neon-lit stalls and narrow alleyways, its top floor emblazoned with two words: birds hospital. On a hot day last spring, I removed my shoes at the …

Something Is Not Quite Right In the Universe, Ultraprecise New Measurement Reveals
Feb 8, 2019

By Mara Johnson-Groh Something isn’t quite right in the universe. At least based on everything physicists know so far. Stars, galaxies, black holes and all the other celestial objects are hurtling away from each other ever faster over time. Past measurements in our local neighborhood of the universe find that the universe is exploding outward …