Sebastian Rivera likes to ride BMX bikes.
No American has lived in space for longer than 215 days. Only a few people have ever gone on space trips lasting a year or more—the longest was 437 days--and they're all Russian cosmonauts. The last year-plus stay in space occurred nearly two decades ago.
What's more, NASA's upcoming mission offers scientists a unique opportunity to study the effect of spaceflight on the human body.
She was just a toddler when her grandmother fled with her to Canada to escape Somalia's Civil War, leaving her mother behind.
Then last year, she decided to go back, moving to the capital, Mogadishu, and reuniting with her mother, whom she hadn't seen in over two decades.
And she didn't want her relatives in North America to worry. "When I was posting these pictures, it was just to let my family back in Toronto know that, hey, I'm safe.
Eleventh graders at Seattle's Nathan Hale High School will take a state- and federally-required standardized test after all, an apparent reversal of an earlier decision by staff, students and parents to boycott the exams this year.
"The [Smarter Balanced assessment] is required by the state. Therefore, to comply with Seattle Public Schools directives, students will be tested" in April, Nathan Hale Senate chair Melinda Greene said in an email to parents Thursday.
But on Thursday, staring at a deadline that could have disrupted health care to millions of seniors, the House got something done.
It voted to fix the flawed formula for compensating doctors who provide services to patients under Medicare. But this time it wasn't just a patch for a few months or years — like the ones Congress has done 17 times since 2003.
This time it was permanent, if the Senate gets on board in a timely manner.
Many of the ice sheets that blanket Antarctica run right down to the land's edge and then out into the ocean, where they form floating ice "shelves." Some of those shelves have been shrinking lately. Now, a team of scientists has discovered that shelves in the West Antarctic are shrinking a lot faster than they realized.
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, directed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, will debut Sunday over the vigorous objection of Scientology officials.
For the film, based on a book by Lawrence Wright, Gibney dug up extensive archival footage of Scientology's
Well, a similar sort of scenario is starting to play out in the world of produce in the U.S. (minus the sexist subtext).
Around the country, food service companies, grocers and entrepreneurs passionate about fighting food waste are rallying to buy up fruits and vegetables excluded from the produce aisle because of their defects.
We talked with some people by phone to learn about their stories.
Maureen Carrigg, who lives in Wayne, Neb., was diagnosed with multiple myeloma six years ago.
"That's marble," Coyula says, pointing to the treads of the staircase. "They are the remnants of something that was very glorious."
Coyula is an architect and an economist, and as he walks through the streets of Havana, he doesn't just see breathtaking decay.
But not everyone's a fan.
Until now, researchers could only point generally at differences between flu patients' immune responses. Jean-Laurent Casanova, a professor at Rockefeller University and investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has been sifting through cases of children with severe flu.
But how important is Yemen to the wider world?
One argument holds that Yemen is, and always has been, an isolated backwater. The chaos is tragic for Yemenis, but remains largely an internal feud between rival groups and will have limited spillover beyond its borders.
Yet Yemen is also a battleground in larger fights that pit the U.S. versus al-Qaida and Saudi Arabia versus Iran.
The study spurred a bunch of concerns. Could the virus evolve into a more dangerous pathogen?
Schock, who was elected to Congress in 2008, will resign his House seat at the end of the month.