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Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary is today Comments Off on Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary is today

© 2015 Peter Free Hubble still delights See this animation of the Westerlund 2 star cluster: Felicia Chou, Donna Weaver, and Ray Villard, NASA Unveils Celestial Fireworks as Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary, NASA (23 April 2015) The moral? — Young engineers should be inspired Even old technology space gizmos make the spirit soar.

Prebiotic molecules may not be hard to come by in warmer gaseous regions where stars are born Comments Off on Prebiotic molecules may not be hard to come by in warmer gaseous regions where stars are born

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study López-Sepulcre, Ali A. Jaber, E. Mendoza, B. Lefloch, C. Ceccarelli, C. Vastel, R. Bachiller, J. Cernicharo, C. Codella, C. Kahane, and M. Kama, M. Tafalla, Shedding light on the formation of the pre-biotic molecule formamide with ASAI, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society via arXiv.org [Cornell […]

A French study shows that substantial numbers of smokers grossly underestimate their risk for lung cancer Comments Off on A French study shows that substantial numbers of smokers grossly underestimate their risk for lung cancer

© 2015 Peter Free Citation European Society for Medical Oncology, Survey shows that many live in ‘denial’ of the real risks of smoking even a small number of cigarettes a day, esmo.org (17 April 2015) A discouraging finding Public health numbers apply to the other guy: Many people still dangerously underestimate the health risks associated […]

West African ebola virus disease outbreak is finally dying down — but with Guinea still smoldering Comments Off on West African ebola virus disease outbreak is finally dying down — but with Guinea still smoldering

© 2015 Peter Free Citation World Health Organization, Ebola Situation Report – 15 April 2015, World Health Organization – Ebola (April 2015) Given the mortality that occurred last year, the current numbers look good But — if one thinks back to before this massive outbreak and our acclimatization to it, even the current numbers would […]

Is there too much agricultural insecticide in our planet’s mostly unmonitored agricultural surface waters? — A meta-analysis suggests so Comments Off on Is there too much agricultural insecticide in our planet’s mostly unmonitored agricultural surface waters? — A meta-analysis suggests so

© 2015 Peter Free Citation — to study Sebastian Stehle and Ralf Schulz, Agricultural insecticides threaten surface waters at the global scale, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1500232112 (online before print, 13 April 2015) Citation — to press release Universität Koblenz-Landau, Insecticide contamination of global surface waters substantially higher than expected, AlphaGalileo […]