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Study Offers Pessimistic Outlook for Commercial Space Stations
As NASA formally requests proposals for studies on the commercialization of low Earth orbit, another study presented at a congressional hearing May 17 concludes commercial space stations are unlikely to be financially viable in the mid-2020s. www.space.com/40664-commerc...
Multiple resistance genes found in commercially farmed chickens and in hospital
A team of investigators has isolated colistin-resistant Escherichia coli from a commercial poultry farm in China. Colistin is an antibiotic of last resort against certain bacteria. www.sciencedaily.com/releas...
NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars Just Snagged Its 1st Drilled Samples Since 2016
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity bored 2 inches (5 centimeters) into a rock on Sunday (May 20), grabbing powdered samples for the first time since October 2016, agency officials said. www.space.com/40683-nasa-ma...
This Brilliant Interactive From NASA Lets You Virtually Explore Planets Far, Far Away
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Brb, going to Kepler-186f.

Florida Is In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches
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The first named storm of the season is expected to bring heavy rains and flash flooding. Gov. Rick Scott has sounded alarm bells.

(Image credit: National Hurricane Center/NOAA)

NASA Administrator Reflects on Legacy Record-Breaking Astronaut
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The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of Apollo and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean: www.nasa.gov/press-release/...
Early-life obesity impacts children’s learning and memory, study suggests
The study found a link between children’s weight status in the first two years of life and their school-age performance on cognitive tests. news.brown.edu/articles/201...
A genetic algorithm predicts the vertical growth of cities
The increase of skyscrapers in a city resembles the development of some living systems. Spanish researchers have created an evolutionary genetic algorithm that, on the basis of the historical and economic data of an urban area, can predict what its skyline could look like in the coming years. The method has been applied successfully to the thriving Minato Ward, in Tokyo. phys.org/news/2018-05-genet...
OLEDs become brighter and more durable
Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) have matured enough to allow for first commercial products in form of small and large displays. In order to compete in further markets and even open new possibilities (automotive lighting, head-mounted-displays, micro displays, etc.), OLEDs require further improvements in device lifetime while operating at their best possible efficiency. Currently, intrinsic performance progress is solely driven by material development. phys.org/news/2018-05-oleds...
Bioinformatics analyses and in vitro evidence for five and six stacked G-quadruplex forming sequences
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Quadruplexes are noncanonical DNA structures that arise in guanine rich loci and have important biological functions. Classically, quadruplexes contai… www.sciencedirect.com/scien...