caption Kelly, left, and Mark at age 3 in 1967. source NASA Johnson/Flickr The documentary “Three Identical Strangers” follows the story of a secret study conducted in three genetically identical siblings who were separated at birth. The study was the only twin study that followed siblings from infancy. But due to controversies over ethics, the authors never published it and the data is sealed. Twin experiments can give scientists insights into how different habits, treatments, or lifestyles affect two people with the same genetic makeup. In other twin studies, researchers have found that on average, environment and genetics have a 50/50 influence on a person’s traits and disease. Currently, NASA is using twins to study the effects of space on humans and mice. Twins have always fascinated scientists, especially as the subjects of studies about the influence of environment and genetics. The new documentary … [Read more...] about A new documentary chronicles the lives of triplets separated at birth in a controversial study — here’s how scientists continue to use twins in research
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caption What’s the planet going to be like for future generations? source NASA On June 23, 1988, NASA climate scientist James Hansen told the US Senate it was time to acknowledge that climate change was happening and take action to limit its effects. Thirty years later, the world has continued to burn fossil fuels faster and faster, cranking planet-warming carbon dioxide levels higher than they’ve been for millions of years. Without taking action soon, it’ll cost future generations trillions to try to deal with the problem. Exactly 30 years ago, James Hansen, the director of NASA’s Institute for Space Studies, told the US Senate that the question of the day – whether climate change was happening – was no longer in doubt. “It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here,” Hansen told … [Read more...] about Past generations created a climate crisis for Millennials and Generation Z. Today marks 30 years of inaction.
caption Climate scientist James Hansen is honored at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 21, 2017. source REUTERS/Brian Snyder James Hansen, a NASA climate scientist, thrust climate change into the public spotlight 30 years ago in front of a Senate committee. Hansen says we’ve failed to address the problem in the three decades since. But he’s not giving up. Along with his granddaughter, Hansen is a plaintiff in a case that is putting the onus on the federal government to solve the problem. Thirty years ago today, NASA climate scientist James Hansen gave a Senate committee a dire warning: the Earth’s temperature was rising, and humans were to blame. “‘It is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here,” Hansen told reporters following his testimony. June 23, 1988 is frequently cited as the first … [Read more...] about A famous scientist first warned Congress about climate change exactly 30 years ago today. James Hansen wishes he’d been wrong.
caption “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.” source Francois Duhamel/Netflix One of the great things about Netflix is that it has brought thoughtful, compelling documentaries to a much wider audience – something filmmakers could only dream of a decade ago. And with binge-worthy titles like Netflix original “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond” and Oscar-nominated “Last Men in Aleppo” a click away, you can get a lot of great nonfiction viewing any night of the week. You’ll learn a lot more about the world, but don’t worry – you’ll also be entertained. Here are 47 documentaries we think you should stream right away on Netflix. Note: Numerous Netflix titles drop off the streaming service monthly, so the availability of titles below may change. 1. “13th” source Netflix Director Ava DuVernay looks at the history of the US prison system and how it relates to the … [Read more...] about 47 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter
Being in Asia, there is little in the weather which tells you that we are once again in the month of January. The festive holiday season is now behind us and you may have thought of your own personal calendar New Year or Chinese New Year resolutions. It’s the time for reflecting on the changes we all want in the coming year. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? What about one of these resolutions?:Start exercising to lose weight?Quit smoking for better health?Reduce stress and be less grumpy?Improve your career, get a better job?A study from the University of Bristol showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail. It was Albert Einstein who once said: “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough”.Mr. Einstein was a theoretical physicist and humanist widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time. He is most famous for his General Theories of Relativity and won a Nobel Prize in physics. He is also credited with … [Read more...] about What’s your New Year career resolution?