NASA has discovered a new planet and is now the youngest planet found outside the solar system.
The Youngest Exoplanet
NASA's planet-hunting spacescraft, Kepler, recently found a new exoplanet called K2-33b, which is the youngest exoplanet outside the solar system. K2-33b is approximately 5 to 10 million years old, which is young compared to the 14 billion years that the universe has existed. In terms of size, the young exoplanet is as big as Neptune. more >>
A surgical team's plan to perform the first-ever human head transplant is unethical, says Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
"Believing in the sanctity of life from a biblical point of view, how do you ethically do this?" Stevens asked in an interview with The Christian Post on Monday, noting the procedure's "risk to the patient is just enormous."
"There's no way to ethically do this type of experiment when you haven't proven it in the lab. What happens when it doesn't work? Patient's head has been severed and they're going to die," he said. more >>
For the first time since 1967, the strawberry moon and summer solstice coincide Monday in a rare occurrence which will treat people all over world with a bright moonlight sky. You can watch the live streaming of the event at slooh.com by clicking here.
In explaining the once-in-a-lifetime episode, the full moon or strawberry moon on Monday night will occur during the same time as the summer solstice. This is a must-catch occurrence since it will not happen again until 2062.
What is the Strawberry Moon? more >>
Solstices happen twice a year: the summer solstice and the winter solstice. This year's summer solstice will occur on June 20 at 6:34 EDT in the northern hemisphere. The summer solstice marks the onset of the summer in some regions, the time of the longest day for the northern hemisphere and the time of the shortest day for the southern hemisphere.
Festivities to be Held on Summer Solstice in Different Countries
For Sweden, the summer solstice is called "midsommar" which is a national holiday for the Swedish. They celebrate the afternoon of Midsummer's Eve by dancing around a large pole decorated with flowers and branches of leaves while dressed in folk costumes. more >>
Tim Peake, the first official British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, has safely touched down in Kazakhstan soil on June 18 at 5:15 a.m.
In December of last year, Peake, commander Yuri Malenchenko and NASA's Tim Kopra went to space for the six-month principia mission on the International Space Station (ISS). This made Peake the first British astronaut to go to the ISS and the eighth ESA astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space.
"The smells of Earth are just so strong," Peake said upon emerging from the Soyuz capsule which carried them back home. "It's just wonderful to be back in the fresh air." more >>
A Chinese orthopedic surgeon who helped perform the first hand transplant in 1999 is looking to perform another medical first: transplanting a human head from one body to another.
Dr. Ren Xiaoping of Harbin Medical University announced this week that he is planning to lead a team of surgeons to perform the first-ever head transplant.
The announcement has brought much concern from medical experts about the ethical nature of such a novel procedure, according to the publication Medical Daily. more >>