This past Sunday morning, daredevil extraordinaire Felix Baumgartner completed a record-breaking plummet to Earth from 128,100 feet above the ground. To get an idea of how high that is, the camera view from Baumgartner’s helmet showed that the diver could see the Earth’s curvature from his vantage point. Carried in a small pod lifted by a helium balloon, Baumgartner rose to a distance of 24.26 miles. Through the mission, coined “Red Bull Stratos,” Baumgartner hoped to become the first man to break the sound barrier.
With another effort to push the boundaries of the local, sustainable living scene, the Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) recently held the grand opening for its new Aquaponics Project, based at the Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore.
The 2012 Laurels for Team Achievement, presented annually by the International Academy of Astronautics, has been presented this year to the collaborators working on NASA’s Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER mission).
An easily obtainable nutrient, vitamin D, is essential to the human body. Moreover, a recent study shows that the level of vitamin D in the body seems to have an effect on the severity of multiple sclerosis (MS) attacks. The study, conducted by Ellen Mowry at the Hopkins School of Medicine, correlates low vitamin D level with symptoms from multiple sclerosis patients.
In the last few years, research into alternative forms of energy has become very important. 38 states now have ambitious goals for how much electricity they want to come from renewable and alternative sources, and the U.S. Department of Energy wants 20 percent of electricity to be supplied by wind power by 2020.
Would you rather have a choice, or do you want to be told what to do? Chances are, you’re smirking at the question thinking, of course I want to have choices! Research shows, however, that in some situations, people are happier when they are told what to do.
In 2010, doctors diagnosed Andemariam Beyene, a man from Eritrea, with a tumor growing in his windpipe and determined his odds of survival to be slim. Its growth unhindered by both radiation therapy and surgery, the tumor appeared to be unmanageable.
Men suffering from erectile dysfunction may have a new treatment on the way after work by Arthur Burnett, a professor of urology at the Hopkins School of Medicine, lifted the cover on how penile erections are maintained after initial arousal.
Until now, no cure was available for muscular dystrophy. However, recent research findings are about to change that. Se-Jin Lee, from the Hopkins School of Medicine, published an article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about a promising solution for muscle hypertrophy that does not involve stem cells.
You might already know that the mammals hold the world record in hairiness. What you might not know is that not all animals use their hairs to keep themselves warm. Weighing up to 12 tons and reaching heights up to 13 feet, elephants are the largest living land animals on this planet. In other words, they are massive!
With global warming causing extreme weather around the world, it may seem like a glass of wine is the only thing people can count on. As climate change worsens though, the harvest season for wine grapes will change. This will affect the quality of wine produced and force vineyards to be relocated in the future, chasing the cold weather that the crops require.
Forty-two year old Sherrie Walter from Bel Air, Md. has undergone six invasive surgeries over the last 20 months. Walter’s plight began in early 2008 when she had a scab that did not recover properly. She was diagnosed with aggressive basal cell carcinoma.
A recent study conducted at the Hopkins School of Medicine provides renewed optimism for the treatment of sickle cell disease. Researchers have demonstrated that bone marrow transplants only partially matched to a patient’s tissues can successfully eradicate the disease and the need for lifelong treatment.