Photos Show How NASA Removed Tanks from Retired Space Shuttles for Station

Photos Show How NASA Removed Tanks from Retired Space Shuttles for StationNew behind-the-scenes photos reveal how the water storage tanks deep inside NASA's retired space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour were recently removed by the space agency for future use on the International Space Station. The photographs of the shuttle tank removals, which were shared with collectSPACEby NASA workers at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and by the manager for Endeavour's display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, show how the 3-foot-long (0.9 meters) tanks were accessed under the floor of the orbiters' crew cabins and were then extracted through different hatches on each vehicle. As collectSPACE.com was the first to report, the retired shuttles' potable water tanks were called back into service by NASA to support a new storage system for the space station.

Posted on 27 August 2015 | 6:36 pm

Pockets of Lower Vaccination Rates Remain Across the US

Pockets of Lower Vaccination Rates Remain Across the USMost infants and kindergartners in the United States are up-to-date with their vaccinations, but there are some areas where vaccination rates are lower, potentially increasing the risk that diseases will spread there, according to two new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first report found that vaccination rates in 2014 for U.S. infants ages 19 to 35 months were generally high. However, vaccination coverage tended to be lower for vaccines that require more than one dose.

Posted on 27 August 2015 | 4:55 pm

Still Breaking Bad: Meth Lab Injuries on the Rise, CDC Reports

Meth lab injuries are on the rise in some parts of the U.S., according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These labs put not only the people who produce the drug, but also the general public and law enforcement officials, at risk of injury, according to the CDC. The researchers looked at data from five states — Louisiana, Oregon, Utah, New York, and Wisconsin — and found that meth-related chemical incidents increased from 2001 to 2004 as the drug initially gained popularity.

Posted on 27 August 2015 | 4:55 pm

Scientists solve mystery of polar bear Knut's death

Journalists watch the full-sized polar bear Knut model covered with the original fur during the presentation to the media at the natural history museum in BerlinKnut, the star polar bear who was hand-reared at Berlin zoo after his mother rejected him, had a type of auto-immune inflation of the brain that is found in humans, scientists said on Thursday. Knut, who was just four when he drowned at the zoo in 2011, was reared by his keeper Thomas Doerflein. Knut had an epileptic fit and drowned in a pool in his enclosure.

Posted on 27 August 2015 | 3:05 pm

'McWhopper' Mega-Burger Would Have Mega-Calories

Burger King is proposing a one-day truce with its fast-food competitor McDonald's to create the "McWhopper," a combination of the Big Mac and the Whopper, the most popular burgers at the respective chains. Neither restaurant has released information about the exact nutritional value of the hypothetical mega-burger, which Burger King wants to sell in honor of World Peace Day in September. According to the Burger King proposal, the McWhopper would be 6 parts Big Mac and 6 parts Whopper.

Posted on 27 August 2015 | 10:33 am

No, Mars Won't Be As Big as the Moon in the Sky Tonight

No, Mars Won't Be As Big as the Moon in the Sky TonightSorry, skywatchers: Despite what you may have heard, Mars won't look as big as the moon overhead tonight (Aug. 27). The unknown sender of that message was trying to get people excited about an unusually close approach of Mars to Earth in late August 2003. "The encounter will culminate on Aug. 27 when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles (55,763,108 kilometers) of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky," one paragraph of the email reads.

Posted on 27 August 2015 | 7:34 am

FDA wants food companies to hand over their pathogens

Handout image of electron micrograph of a Listeria bacterium in tissueBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Investigations into foodborne illness are being radically transformed by whole genome sequencing, which federal officials say is enabling them to identify the source of an outbreak far more quickly and prevent additional cases. Previously, samples from sick patients were sent to state and federal labs, where disease detectives ran tests to see if the infections were caused by the same bug. When enough matches emerged, typically a dozen or so, epidemiologists interviewed sick people, looking for a common food that was causing the outbreak.

Posted on 27 August 2015 | 1:25 am

Amazing 'Red Lightning' Photographed from Space

Amazing 'Red Lightning' Photographed from SpaceAstronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) captured two rare photographs of red sprites from above on Aug. 10. Red sprites are strange luminous phenomena that occur alongside more familiar lightning strikes. "They're very exciting to look at, they create these fabulous visual images, but there is a lot that we still don't understand about them," said Ryan Haaland, a professor of physics at Fort Lewis College in Colorado who is involved in an ongoing project studying sprites.

Posted on 26 August 2015 | 8:32 am

Japan delivers whiskey to space station_ for science

In a photo provided by NASA, a cargo ship from a Japanese company is bolted into place on the International Space Station Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. A Japanese company known for its whiskey and other alcoholic beverages included five types of distilled spirits in the cargo ship that arrived at the space station Monday. The samples will spend at least a year in orbit to see if alcoholic beverages mellow the same in space as they do on Earth. The station’s big robotic arm, operated by Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui, grabbed onto the supply craft launched Wednesday by his homeland. Flight controllers helped anchor it down. NASA also has considerable equipment aboard the supply capsule. (NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spirits arrived at the International Space Station on Monday. Not the ghostly ones, but the kind you drink -- distilled spirits.

Posted on 24 August 2015 | 1:47 pm

Why Does Comet 67P Sing? Scientists Think They Know

Why Does Comet 67P Sing? Scientists Think They KnowThe sound waves picked up by Rosetta are moving through the comet's magnetic field. In space, no one can hear you scream — that's because on Earth, sound waves move through the air, and there is no atmosphere in space. In empty space, there is no atmosphere, so the sound waves don't have a material to travel through.

Posted on 24 August 2015 | 7:35 am