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Widely-Used Food Additive E319 Impairs Immune Responses to Influenza Infection

Posted: 08 Apr 2019 09:32 AM PDT

A common food additive called tert-butylhydroquinone (E319) suppresses the immune response the body mounts when fighting the flu; it also reduces the effectiveness of the flu vaccine through its effects on T cells, according to new research in mice by Michigan State University scientists. “Our studies showed that mice on a tert-butylhydroquinone (tBHQ) diet had […]
World’s Tallest Tropical Tree Found in Malaysia

Posted: 08 Apr 2019 07:37 AM PDT

The world’s tallest known tropical tree, and possibly the tallest flowering plant, has been discovered in the Danum Valley Conservation Area in the Malaysian part of the island of Borneo, measuring a whopping 328 feet (100.8 m). The world’s tallest tropical tree is the yellow meranti (Shorea faguetiana), a species of plant in the Dipterocarpaceae […]
Martian Moons Phobos and Deimos Eclipse the Sun

Posted: 08 Apr 2019 05:07 AM PDT

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has captured several stunning videos of solar eclipses from the surface of the Red Planet. Martian moons Phobos and Deimos orbit in synchronous rotation with inclinations of only 0.01 and 0.92 degrees relative to the equatorial plane of Mars. Thus, an observer at near-equatorial latitudes on the planet could occasionally observe […]
Hubble Looks at Brilliant Globular Cluster

Posted: 08 Apr 2019 03:48 AM PDT

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new photo of the 8-billion-year-old globular cluster Messier 3. Messier 3 is located approximately 34,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Canes Venatici. Also known as M3, GCl 25 and NGC 5272, it has an apparent magnitude of 6.2 and can be spotted using a pair […]
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Makes Second Close Approach to Sun

Posted: 08 Apr 2019 12:29 AM PDT

On April 4, 2019, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe achieved its second perihelion (close approach) of the Sun and flew within 15 million miles (24 million km) of our star’s surface. “Parker Solar Probe is performing as designed, and it was great to be able to track it during this entire perihelion,” said Dr. Nickalaus Pinkine, […]

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