News From Above

The vital job of ‘junk’ DNA

Since the late 1990s, when they began decoding the human genome, scientists have believed that 98 percent of DNA is "junk," with no function. But new research shows that most of this genetic material serves as switches that turn genes ...

A Bare Protest of Art

Tired of the pretentiousness of the art world, artistic performer / radio personality Lisa Levy of Brooklyn, New York, took her stance by sitting on a toilet, naked and motionless, to protest artists' "BS" by presenting herself in the "humblest" ...
Alien Star Sideswiped Our Solar System

Alien Star Sideswiped Our Solar System

Researchers have found that over 70,000 years ago our solar system was sideswiped by a binary star that sent comets and asteroids into varying orbits.  A few years ago, when some astronomers were studying the binary stellar system they noticed ...
Can You Catch Obesity?

Can You Catch Obesity?

Can you catch obesity from others was studied by JAMA Pediatrics and came away with more questions.  You may find the answers in the story below. The study was conducted on some military families that were assigned to different bases.  ...
Does Screen Time Hurt Kids' Bodies And Brains?

Does Screen Time Hurt Kids’ Bodies And Brains?

In a new study on screen time and mind and body development shows that it may have serious health consequences.  It covered the connectivity in the brain between spending time in front of a screen or actual reading.  They showed ...
Gene editing

Gene editing: A step toward ‘designer babies’

“Turns out the rumors are true,”. Word has spread through the scientific community that “researchers in China have successfully edited the genomes of human embryos.” Those rumors were confirmed when a team from Sun Yat-sen University published laboratory results revealing ...

Up, Up, and Away!!

A helium balloon launched by a British schoolboy was discovered in Australia after making an incredible 10,545-mile journey across the world. Joshua Blackaby, 6, from Alvaston, England, released a balloon tied to a letter in December as part of a ...

Great Government Giveaways

The Dutch city of Utrecht will give unconditional monthly payments of about $1,000 to select citizens starting in January 2016 to see whether “basic income” can work as a means of welfare. Various other governments have resorted to unusual handouts ...
2 Neutron Stars Collide in a Far-Off Galaxy

2 Neutron Stars Collide in a Far-Off Galaxy

A century ago Albert Einstein predicted that two neutron stars collided over 130 million years ago in his Theory of General Relativity.  He said that when it happened it caused gravitational waves (a ripple in the universe) that travel at ...
CHLORPYRIFOS – A PESTICIDE IN OUR FOOD

CHLORPYRIFOS – A PESTICIDE IN OUR FOOD

This pesticide – chlorpyrifos – was banned by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) about 20 years ago for indoor use and was in the process of banning it for outdoor use when Dow Chemical made a million-dollar donation to President ...