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Astronaut twins study yields new insights and portable DNA sequencing tools

IMAGE: This is Dr. Chris Mason, Weill Cornell Medicine. view more  Credit: Weill Cornell Medicine Long-term spaceflight causes more changes to gene expression than shorter trips, especially to the immune system and DNA repair systems, according to research by Weill Cornell Medicine and NASA investigators as part of NASA's Twins Study, which followed the only set of identical twin astronauts for more than a year. Dr.…

NASA Twins Study includes San Antonio multiomics center

What happens to an astronaut who is aboard the International Space Station for a year? How do the health effects compare to his twin brother who remains on Earth? Kumar Sharma, M.D., and Manjula Darshi, Ph.D., from UT Health San Antonio's Center for Renal Precision Medicine, together with Brinda Rana, Ph.D., from the University of California, San Diego, led one of the teams of investigators…

NASA Twins Study: A year in space has little effect on...

A year in space seems to have a small but significant, transient effect on the gut microbiome, according to a new paper on the NASA Twins Study published in the journal Science. The microbiome findings, authored by a team of researchers in Chicago, are among the results from 10 other research teams examining how the human body responds to spaceflight that are reported in the…

First ever image of a black hole: A CNRS researcher had...

The first real image of a black hole, obtained by the international network of EHT telescopes and published on April 10, 2019 in Astrophysical Journal Letters1, shows the extraordinary accuracy of the world's very first simulation of a black hole 40 years earlier by Jean-Pierre Luminet, then a young researcher at the CNRS. Published in 1979 in Astronomy and Astrophysics2, it had a worldwide impact,…

International astronomers reveal first image of event horizon of super-massive black...

AMHERST, Mass. - Today, in coordinated press conferences across the globe including one at National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., an international team of astronomers including a team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst reveal that they have succeeded in unveiling the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. To accomplish this feat, they coordinated eight ground-based radio telescopes around…

UTSA tapped by NASA to help build homes on the moon...

IMAGE: Astronauts need to have a place to call "home " in the moon and Mars. UTSA will be part of a multi-university partnership to make those extraterrestrial smart homes possible. view more  Credit: Photo courtesy of UTSA (San Antonio, Apr. 10, 2019) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been tapped by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to join a…

NASA-NOAA satellite sees Tropical Cyclone Wallace dissipating

IMAGE: NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean and captured a visible image of Tropical Cyclone Wallace on April 10 as it continued to dissipate off the coast... view more  Credit: Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). Tropical Cyclone Wallace was dissipating in the Southern Indian Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead. Wallace was located off…

NASA launches two rockets studying auroras

IMAGE: One of two Black Brant XI rockets leaves the launch pad at the Andøya Space Center in Norway. view more  Credit: NASA/Lee Wingfield NASA successfully launched the Auroral Zone Upwelling Rocket Experiment or AZURE mission on April 5 from the Andøya Space Center in Norway. Two Black Brant XI-A sounding rockets were launched at 6:14 and 6:16 p.m. EDT on April 5 carrying scientific instruments…

Three K-12 educators win AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Awards

IMAGE: Patricia Palazzolo, Gifted Education Coordinator at Upper St. Clair High School in Upper St. Clair, Pa. view more  Credit: n/a Three K-12 educators from across the United States have won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Foundation Educator Achievement Awards, honoring their efforts to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. "Educators have a profound effect on the future--we all remember our…

SwRI’s Burch receives Rice distinguished alumni award

IMAGE: SwRI's Dr. James L. Burch is receiving a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Rice University Laureates Awards Program. view more  Credit: Southwest Research Institute SAN ANTONIO -- April 9, 2019 -- Rice University is honoring Dr. James L. Burch, vice president of Southwest Research Institute's Space Science and Engineering Division, as a distinguished alumnus at its 2019 Laureates Awards ceremony. "Dr. Burch's leadership has been…
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