Science:Tonight’s Sky: October 2018

September 26, 2018

This October, look for Pegasus, the great winged horse of Greek mythology, prancing across the autumn night sky. Binoculars and small telescopes will reveal the glowing nucleus and spiral arms of the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Orionid meteor shower peaks on the night of October 21. “Tonight’s Sky” is produced by HubbleSite.org, online home of the Hubble Space Telescope. This is a recurring show, and you can find more episodes—and other astronomy videos—at hubblesite.org/videos/science

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Neuroimaging distinguishes between bipolar and depression in human study.

September 26, 2018

Mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder and depression, can be difficult to diagnose as many conditions have similar symptoms.  These two illness are virtually identical except that in bipolar individuals also experience mania, which means that distinguishing them can be difficult.  The wrong diagnosis can be dangerous, leading to poor outcomes for the patient as they undergo treatment for the incorrect Read more

Source: Health Innovations

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New Airborne Campaigns to Explore Snowstorms, River Deltas, Climate

September 25, 2018

Five new NASA Earth science campaigns will take to the field starting in 2020 to investigate a range of pressing research questions, from what drives intense East Coast snowfall events to the impact of small-scale ocean currents on global climate. Read more

Source: Earth News

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Study identifies new key role for astrocytes in memory and learning.

September 21, 2018

Glial cells are immune cells found in the brain which do not participate directly in synaptic interactions or electrical signaling like nerve cells, although their supportive functions help define synaptic contacts and maintain the signaling abilities of neurons.   Astrocytes are specialized glial cells which outnumber neurons by over fivefold, with astrocytic roles and involvement in neurological disease still being discovered.  Read more

Source: Health Innovations

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