Weed Is Everywhere, So Why Is It Still A Medical Mystery?

From Seeker. There’s a (lack of) science behind medical marijuana. Meet the doctors working to change that. Watch more Focal Point! | https://bit.ly/2HR91Zi Read More: How One Boy’s Fight With Epilepsy Led To The First Marijuana-Derived Pharmaceutical https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/08/06/632469743/how-one-familys-fight-with-epilepsy-led-to-the-first-marijuana-based-pharmaceuti “CBD — which doesn’t cause the mind-altering high that comes from THC, the primary psychoactive component of…

How Close Are We to Living in the Ocean?

From Seeker. Sea level rise will threaten 90% of major cities in the coming decades. But what if we just dove in to meet it? How close are we to building a city in the ocean? How Close Are We? Season 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypm4QcOOqXQ&list=PL6uC-XGZC7X56r8MGLS5rqsr5glQnMdAC Read More Floating cities: the future or a washed-up idea? https://theconversation.com/floating-cities-the-future-or-a-washed-up-idea-116511…

How Bad Are Rocket Launches for the Environment?

From Seeker. From Space-X to Blue Origin, rocket launches have increased tremendously over the past year. How do these numerous launches affect the environment? These Engineers Want to 3D Print an Entire Rocket in 60 Days https://youtu.be/R5mhUm6NzqE Read More: Why it’s time to study how rocket emissions change the atmosphere https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/31/17287062/rocket-emissions-black-carbon-alumina-particles-ozone-layer-stratosphere “As launches increase, policymakers…

Here’s Why Repairing the Hole in the Ozone Layer Is Delayed by a Decade

From Seeker. A mysterious spike in ozone destroying emissions, CFC-11, has finally been located to 2 provinces in China. But what is CFC-11 and what happens now? The Ozone Layer Was Doomed Until a Handful of Scientists Stood Up to Power – https://youtu.be/CvcvMkFGBi8 Read More: Stratospheric Ozone – Monitoring and Research in NOAA https://www.ozonelayer.noaa.gov/science/basics.htm “Ozone…

What Causes Food Allergies?

From Seeker. For some people, a simple peanut or a bite of shrimp can cause the body’s immune system to wildly overreact. In some cases, the results can be deadly. But what exactly is happening in the body for it to confuse nuts or shellfish with a true threat? ____________________ SICK is a new series…

How Space Triggers Herpes in Astronauts

From Seeker. The herpes simplex virus can hide deep in your DNA, evading your immune system for years, and sometimes make it to space by hitching onto the backs of astronauts and reactivating on the ISS. What is it about space that causes its comeback? Did NASA’s Twin Study Results Just Change Spaceflight Forever? –…

The Race to the Moon’s South Pole Is On, But Who Will Get There First?

From Seeker. Indian Space Agency, Blue Origin, and NASA are just three of the teams preparing for missions to the moon’s South Pole. But who will get there first? Thumbnail Credit: NASA How Close Are We to Building a Moon Base? – https://youtu.be/O7JtOokh4PU Read More: Moon’s South Pole in NASA’s Landing Sites https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/907/moons-south-pole-in-nasas-landing-sites/ ““We know…

Here’s What Causes Narcolepsy

From Seeker. When you think of narcolepsy, you probably think of people falling asleep at seemingly random times, but it’s actually much more than that. It causes hallucinations, insomnia, sleep paralysis and can be triggered by moments of joy. Oh, and the key to understanding it came from studying man’s best friend. ____________________ SICK is…

The Newest Form of Water Is Hot and Black, Wait What?

From Seeker. It only took diamonds, x-rays, and a bunch of ultra-powerful lasers to create our newest form of water, Ice XVIII. And it might be the key to unlocking what’s inside the mysterious ice planets of our solar system. This New State of Matter Is a Liquid and a Solid at the Same Time!…

There Are Gravity Pulses Hiding in the Universe’s Most MASSIVE Stars

From Seeker. Blue supergiant stars some of the hottest, biggest young stars in the universe, and their molten cores can reveal more about the formation of everything. How Scientists Found the Universe’s First Type of Molecule – https://youtu.be/lxepnATltvU Read More: Blue supergiant stars open doors to concert in space https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2019/astronomy-bowman-blue-supergiants “Stars come in different shapes,…

The New CRISPR Tool That Could ‘Delete’ Disease From Our DNA

From Seeker. CRISPR-Cas3 could be the new gene editing tool we need to finally eliminate diseases from our genome. Here’s how it works. What Happens When a Human Gets Rabies? – https://youtu.be/0PHoioJ2ViY Read More: CRISPR-Cas3 innovation holds promise for disease cures, advancing science https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/04/crispr-cas3-innovation-holds-promise-disease-cures-advancing-science “The CRISPR-Cas3 technology also allows researchers to scan through the genome…

How Does Leprosy Damage the Human Body?

From Seeker. Leprosy brings to mind images of biblical beggars, lonely leper colonies, and seems, for some, to have all but disappeared into the history books. But leprosy stills haunts many parts of the world and there’s an absurd amount that we don’t know about the disease. ____________________ SICK is a new series that looks…

How NASA Mission Designers Invent Futuristic Spacecraft

From Seeker. From journeying to distant worlds to catching asteroids, this NASA conceptual design team turns the spacecraft of your dreams into reality. Watch more Focal Point! | https://bit.ly/2VOJIQv Read More: This Jumping Probe Might Explore Neptune’s Biggest Moon https://www.popsci.com/this-jumping-probe-might-explore-neptune%E2%80%99s-biggest-moon “After the probe (called the Triton Hopper) lands on Triton, it would use radioactive isotopes…

How Close Are We to a Complete Map of the Human Brain?

From Seeker. If we could fully map the inner workings of our brain, we could understand disease, consciousness, and what it is that makes us human. Only catch? There are more connections in the human brain than there are stars in the Milky Way. So, how close are we to fully mapping the brain? How…

What Does Malaria Do to the Human Body?

From Seeker. Malaria is one of the oldest diseases in human history, dating back to ancient civilizations in Greece and China. It has even been attributed to aiding the fall of the Roman Empire. So if we’ve been fighting malaria for so long, why haven’t we been able to stop it? ____________________ SICK is a…

These Engineers Want to 3D Print an Entire Rocket in 60 Days

From Seeker. This team of engineers is using one of the world’s largest 3D metal printers to build rockets, and it could shake up the space industry as we know it. Watch more Focal Point! | https://bit.ly/2WwOqyh Read More: Aerospace startup making 3D-printed rockets now has a launch site at America’s busiest spaceport https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/17/18185136/relativity-space-3d-printing-terran-1-rocket-cape-canaveral-florida “America’s…