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Discovery of the Genetic Basis of Childhood Cancers and of Structural Birth Defects: Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (X01, Clinical Trials Not Allowed)

NIH Funding Opportunities - 15 hours 19 min ago
Funding Opportunity PAR-18-583 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. As part of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First), the NIH invites applications to use submit samples from pediatric cohorts for whole genome sequencing at a Kids First-supported sequencing center. Applicants are encouraged to propose sequencing of existing pediatric cancer cohorts to elucidate the genetic contribution to childhood cancers, or to expand the range of disorders included within the Kids First Data Resource to investigate the genetic etiology of structural birth defects. Whole genome, exome, and transcriptome sequencing are available for tumor or affected tissue when justified. These data will become part of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Data Resource (Kids First Data Resource) for the pediatric research community.
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Video Shows Firefighter Catching Child Tossed From Burning Building

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“We were catching babies like a football"


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NASA captures rare image of a distant galaxy nearly as old as the Universe itself

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When astronomers at NASA capture images of far-off galaxies, they typically appear only as tiny red dots. These distant celestial bodies are so far away that even the strongest telescopes are usually incapable of distinguishing between the many stars contained within a galaxy. In an exciting turn of events, however, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope managed to capture a rare up-close view of the farthest and oldest galaxy known to man. In fact, this particular galaxy is so old that it's nearly as old as the Universe itself.

In a remarkable case of being in the right place at the right time, NASA scientists managed to capture a remarkably detailed shot of a galaxy called SPT0615-JD. The name might not be very catchy, but the significance of this image is huge. The image below shows the oldest galaxy known to man with an amount of detail that should be impossible.

"This Hubble Space Telescope image shows the farthest galaxy yet seen in an image that has been stretched and amplified by a phenomenon called gravitational lensing," NASA explained in a post on its website.

NASA explains that several early galaxies in this age range have been photographed in the past, they have always appeared merely as small red dots because of their small size and the tremendous distance between these galaxies and Earth. In this case, however, a happy accident allowed NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to capture a surprising amount of detail. The gravitational field created by a cluster of galaxies called SPT-CL J0615-5746 that sits between us and SPT0615-JD distorted light in such a way that the image above could be captured.

"The gravitational field of a massive foreground galaxy cluster, called SPT-CL J0615-5746, not only amplified the light from the background galaxy but also smeared the image of it into an arc (about 2 arcseconds long)," NASA explained. "Image analysis shows that the galaxy weighs in at no more than 3 billion solar masses (roughly 1/100th the mass of our fully grown Milky Way galaxy). It is less than 2,500 light-years across, half the size of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. The object is considered prototypical of young galaxies that emerged during the epoch shortly after the big bang."

According to astronomers, the SPT0615-JD galaxy has existed for more than 13 billion years. The Universe itself is believed to be between 13 billion and 14 billion years old, which means SPT0615-JD could be among the first galaxies created by the Big Bang.


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Kensho's Space index

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Here's how Kensho's Space index fared in 2017.


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You Lie More When Speaking a Second Language

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It’s not a matter of proficiency: Karin is equally fluent in German and English, but her emotional experiences are bound more strongly to her mother tongue, simply because she experienced more fundamental, defining emotions as a child. This article was originally published on The Conversation.


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The Real Meaning of the Separation of Church and State

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It is too important a concept to be misused


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Britannia, Druids and the surprisingly modern origins of myths

We think of the Druids as being embedded in British culture from the mists of ancient times. But what we think we know about Druids is of surprisingly modern provenance.


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This Year’s Corporate Space Race: Getting Ready for Astronauts, Then Tourists

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Boeing and SpaceX have a busy year proving they can replace NASA’s defunct shuttle program.


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Callaway Rogue driver family expands on the ideas of ballspeed and forgiveness with intricate upgrade of 'Jailbreak' technology

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Rogue driver and fairway woods build in added forgiveness to ball speed gains through new body stiffening bars and intricate face design


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Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert

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UNION GAP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable — the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway.


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PHS 2018-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44] Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

NIH Funding Opportunities - 23 hours 42 min ago
Funding Opportunity PA-18-574 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications. United States SBCs that have the research capabilities and technological expertise to contribute to the R and D mission(s) of the NIH, CDC, and FDA awarding components identified in this FOA are encouraged to submit SBIR grant applications in response to identified topics (see PHS 2018-2 SBIR/STTR Program Descriptions and Research Topics for NIH, CDC, and FDA. This Parent Funding Opportunity Announcement does not accept clinical trials.
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PHS 2018-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42] Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

NIH Funding Opportunities - 23 hours 42 min ago
Funding Opportunity PA-18-575 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications. United States SBCs that have the research capabilities and technological expertise to contribute to the R and D mission(s) of the NIH awarding components identified in this FOA are encouraged to submit STTR grant applications in response to identified topics (see PHS 2018-2 SBIR/STTR Program Descriptions and Research Topics for NIH. This Parent Funding Opportunity Announcement does not accept clinical trials.
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PHS 2018-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42] Clinical Trial Required)

NIH Funding Opportunities - 23 hours 42 min ago
Funding Opportunity PA-18-576 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant applications. United States SBCs that have the research capabilities and technological expertise to contribute to the R and D mission(s) of the NIH awarding components identified in this FOA are encouraged to submit STTR grant applications in response to identified topics (see PHS 2018-2 SBIR/STTR Program Descriptions and Research Topics for NIH. This Parent Funding Opportunity Announcement requires that at least 1 clinical trial be proposed. The proposed project must be related to the programmatic interests of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) based on their scientific missions.
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PHS 2018-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44] Clinical Trial Required)

NIH Funding Opportunities - 23 hours 42 min ago
Funding Opportunity PA-18-573 from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications. United States SBCs that have the research capabilities and technological expertise to contribute to the R and D mission(s) of the NIH, CDC, and FDA awarding components identified in this FOA are encouraged to submit SBIR grant applications in response to identified topics (see PHS 2018-2 SBIR/STTR Program Descriptions and Research Topics for NIH, CDC, and FDA. This Parent Funding Opportunity Announcement requires that at least 1 clinical trial be proposed. The proposed project must be related to the programmatic interests of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) or Agency based on their scientific missions.
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Philippine volcano 'fireworks' draw tourists as residents flee

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:56

Spectacular lava "fireworks" shooting from its crater are drawing tourists to the Philippines' most active volcano, authorities said Tuesday as scientists warned of a potential dangerous eruption within days. Lava spurting from Mayon volcano lit up the sky overnight Monday in what scientists said was a sign of increasing activity that prompted official calls for evacuation of areas under threat from a major eruption.


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Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:55

Australia is calling on the world's top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research into protecting the world's largest living structure. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef is reeling from significant coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.


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Glowing red lava rolls down slopes of Philippine volcano

Yahoo Science News feed latest items - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:07

LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — Glowing red lava rolled down the slopes of a Philippine volcano Tuesday morning as authorities maintained a warning of a possible hazardous eruption.


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