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Welcome to the 21st century and welcome to MARS
…te (I still miss that man) wiping his face in disbelief. As someone who was born in the mid-20th century and knew and lived with people born in the 1800s, I am in awe of what I’m seeing today in the second decade of the 21st century. You can relive that moment from 43 years ago in the video below. You might even recognize the real-life versions of some of the characters who featured in Apollo 13, one of my favorite movies. I also am a fan…
Authored by Emily Willingham on August 6, 2012
Can the body handle a Mars trip?
…217;re itching to be one of the first on a Mars colony, you could apply for the chance to go through the Mars One Project’s training – which is, of course, also a reality TV show – and perhaps end up on human outpost in 2023. But I digress…) The real question is, are WE – us actual humans – physiologically ready for such a trip? The health considerations of space travel are no small thing. In fact, in BMJ‘s Christmas issue, S. M…
Authored by Tara Haelle on January 30, 2013
Friday Roundup: Crabs and Lady Gaga, exploring Mars, female orgasm, gift lists, and more!
…breast cancer drugs show promise . Does sex make you healthy ? We sure hope so. Citizens take science into their own hands , including making their DNA results public. Science-related education for rural kids . In the 21st century, where you live shouldn’t determine how much you can learn. Women and men and science Are women less corrupt than men ? Depends on what you mean by “corrupt.” “GirlApproved”…
Authored by Emily Willingham on December 9, 2011
Biology Explainer: The big 4 building blocks of life–carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and nucleic acids
…molecules themselves break down into a surprisingly small number of building blocks. The proteins that make up all of the living things on this planet and ensure their appropriate structure and smooth function consist of only 20 different kinds of building blocks. Nucleic acids, specifically DNA, are even more basic: only four different kinds of molecules provide the materials to build the countless different genetic codes that translate into all…
Authored by Emily Willingham on June 8, 2012
Double Xpression: Karyn Traphagen, co-founder of ScienceOnline
…llenbosch (South Africa). She has trained physics teachers through the University of Virginia’s Physics department and traveled to South Sudan to conduct professional development training for local teachers. She has more than 10 years of experience developing and teaching online courses. In addition to her science work, Karyn maintains a freelance graphic design studio. Her latest project was a work on Ancient Near Eastern royal inscriptions….
Authored by Jeanne Garbarino on July 9, 2012
After Newtown missteps, journalists get guidelines
…almost twice as likely to say that they don’t want to live or work near a person with mental illness if they read an article about a person with mental illness involved in a mass shooting, according to a study published March 20 in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Interestingly, this tendency is the same even if the article avoids any mention of mental illness. This may be because this link between violence and mental illness is deeply engrain…
Authored by DXS Contributor on March 27, 2013
A tour of digestion from nose to um…tail
Mary Roach’s Gulp is a trip through the gooier side of human anatomy By Matthew R. Francis Mary Roach is one of the more fearless writers out there. Not in the physical sense — she doesn’t put herself into particularly dangerous situations, like certain reporters or travel writers — but intellectually. I don’t know if she’s incapable of embarrassment, but certainly she’s able to submerge that as she asks companies…
Authored by Matthew R Francis on May 7, 2013
Double X Science panel at GeekGirlCon 2012
Double X Science is without discussing who it is. After a review of who all the people on that particular slide are and what they have to do with Double X Science, three questions were asked by the moderator: In November of 2011, Emily founded Double X Science, Emily what was your motivation in founding the site and what was then and is now your vision for it? As mentioned, we have content from editors, other sites and contributors. Ray was the…
Authored by Adrienne Roehrich on August 14, 2012
A peek inside the US Naval Observatory – keepers of time and celestial motion
…one of products, or helping to get that upgrade ready by testing it. Q. The USNO in Washington, DC has telescopes. What kind of telescopes do you have and what are they used for? A. The biggest telescope we have in DC is the 26-inch refractor. It is the telescope that Asaph Hall used in 1877 at our old Foggy Bottom location to discover the moons of Mars. It is still used today (despite DC’s light pollution!) to study double stars and the…
Authored by Matthew R Francis on February 9, 2012
Why is the sky pink?
On Mars, the sky is pink during the day, shading to blue at sunset. What planet did you think I was talking about? On Earth, the sky is blue during daytime, turning red at as the sun sinks toward night. Scattering light Well, it’s not quite as simple as that: if you ignore your dear sainted mother’s warning and look at the Sun, you’ll see that the sky immediately around the Sun is white, and the sky right at the horizon (i…
Authored by Matthew R Francis on March 12, 2012