New neuron-like cells allow investigation into synthesis of vital cellular components
A new method to create synthetic neurons allows researchers to investigate how the human brain makes metabolic building blocks essential for the survival of all living organisms. A new study describes a core enzyme involved in the synthesis of these building blocks, called purines, and how the enzyme might change during infection by herpes simplex virus.
Role of cranial modification in identity formation: Did head shape encourage unity and cooperation in politics?
Video: Falcon Heavy undergoes fueling test at pad 39A
SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy rocket was loaded with propellants Saturday at Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A, as engineers make progress preparing for a hold-down engine firing, and eventually liftoff of the huge commercial launcher.
SpaceX’s Big Rocket, the Falcon Heavy, Finally Reaches the Launchpad
After years of delay, the Falcon Heavy — a beefed-up version of SpaceX’s workhorse Falcon 9 — could launch in the weeks ahead.
We say these relationships are our most difficult
When it comes to toxic relationships, blood is thicker than water. But can you guess who gets the most votes for being difficult?
NASA Team Studies Middle-aged Sun by Tracking Motion of Mercury
Like the waistband of a couch potato in midlife, the orbits of planets in our solar system are expanding. It happens because the Sun’s gravitational grip gradually weakens as our star ages and loses...
U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.
Brother of African-American NASA astronaut pulled from historic space station mission blames racism
The brother of NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps, who was scheduled to be the first African-American crew member on the International Space Station (ISS), claims racism is the reason his sister was pulled from the mission.
New Caledonian crows are famous for crafting sticks into hooked tools. Here's why they do it
New Caledonian crows are famous for their ability to craft sticks into hooked tools, which they use to probe for larvae and insects hidden in trees. But why they do this has been anyone’s guess — until now. As anyone who has ever struggled to open a bag of chips knows, grabbing a pair of scissors...