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Edited Embryos, Ocean Treaties, and More

• Researchers have successfully edited human embryos to correct a genetic mutation for the first time using the genome editing tool CRISPR–Cas9. The breakthrough has reignited an international debate about the ethics of altering humans’ genes. (Scientific American) Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University edited the DNA of embryos to correct for a genetic […]

5 questions answered about the solar eclipse

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. How do we know when an eclipse is going to happen? How do we know in advance where it will be visible? Solar eclipses happen when our view of the sun is blocked by the moon. When the moon lines up between the […]

Neptune storm ‘extremely surprising’ – Sky News Australia

Sky News Australia Neptune storm ‘extremely surprising’Sky News AustraliaA storm 6,000 miles wide has been found raging on Neptune in what scientists say is an ‘extremely surprising’ discovery. The massive system is marked by bright clouds near the equator where they have never been seen before. Experts say such clouds are …WM Keck Observatory astronomers spot […]

Heads up: Lunar eclipse, meteor shower coming this week

Illustration courtesy of Pagasa Keep your eyes on the night sky this coming week as it will serve up some astronomical treats, starting with a partial lunar eclipse on Monday and ending with the Perseids meteor shower on Sunday. In its astronomical diary for August, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said […]

Neptune storm ‘extremely surprising’ – Sky News Australia

Sky News Australia Neptune storm ‘extremely surprising’Sky News AustraliaA storm 6,000 miles wide has been found raging on Neptune in what scientists say is an ‘extremely surprising’ discovery. The massive system is marked by bright clouds near the equator where they have never been seen before. Experts say such clouds are …A Massive New Storm System […]

5 basic questions about eclipses answered

We are just a few weeks away from the August 21st eclipse, but how much do you really know about the rare phenomenon. Well, how about some questions answered by Angela Speck, Director of Astronomy at the University of Missouri. -Why does the eclipse go from west to east? “The moon moves faster than the […]

9-year-old applies for planetary protection job at NASA

When NASA announced it was hiring a “planetary protection officer,” a role designed to protect the planet from aliens, the space agency received applications from candidates of all ages. Nine-year-old Jack Davis, a self-described “Guardian of the Galaxy,” was among them. He threw his hat in the ring, undeterred by the job […]