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ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti becomes first European female ISS commander

Since beginning her Minerva mission in April 2022, Samantha has served as lead of the United States Orbital Segment (USOS), overseeing activities in the US, European, Japanese and Canadian modules and components of the Station. Upon taking her new role,... Continue Reading →

New research provides theory on why women stopped menstruating upon arrival at Nazi death camps

The Faculty of Medicine’s Dr. Peggy J. Kleinplatz suggests synthetic steroids were slipped into daily rations of female captives of Nazi concentration camps in a bid to stop their menstrual cycles and perhaps impair their ability to have children altogether.... Continue Reading →

End of an era

Who Was Queen Elizabeth II? Queen Elizabeth II became queen on February 6, 1952, and was crowned on June 2, 1953. She was the mother of Prince Charles, heir to the throne, as well as the grandmother of Princes William and Harry. As the... Continue Reading →

First aid for “soldiers”

Tanks rolled into Ukraine unabated. Families packed into darkened subway stations to take shelter from bombs. Others filled suitcases and fled along clogged roadways out of cities. The images emerging from Ukraine evoke memories of 20th-century conflicts in Europe that once seemed unimaginable in 2022,... Continue Reading →

OTD

On This Day 1968, Lise Meitner, born November 7, 1878, Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now in Austria] died.Austrian-born physicist who shared the Enrico Fermi Award (1966) with the chemists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann for their joint research that led to the discovery of uranium fission. After receiving her doctorate at... Continue Reading →

In Focus: Kabul 1879

With everything that happens in Afghanistan these days I remembered that long time ago I saw a photo-panorama of fortress of Bala Hissar. I'm disgusted by us, humans. Seems there's no evolution in our thinking or in the way we... Continue Reading →

Wear a mask or…

On This Day - 1918 Spanish flu kills 21,000 people in the US in a single week.Wear a mask or go to jail!! Interesting photo...perhaps people back then had a few extra neurons. Wear a mask or... DIE.

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2020: Discovery of Hepatitis C virus

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has today decided to award the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus. This year's Nobel... Continue Reading →

Annie and John Glenn Arrive for the Gemini IV Flight

Annie and John Glenn arrive at the Mission Control Center for the Gemini IV launch on June 4, 1965. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth.  Glenn's wife Annie, who passed away May 19, 2020, was an advocate for people... Continue Reading →

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