Sunday, May 27, 2012

Science Saturday 2.9: Live Long and Drink Coffee, Catching a Dragon, & More


Another Science Saturday installment on a Sunday...because I was a bit lazy on Saturday :)

I'm sure you've heard about the study released a couple weeks ago that suggests drinking coffee can promote longer life.  This blog post by Scicurious does an excellent job of analyzing the data presented in the study.

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The drug thioridazine (or chlorpromazine) is an antipsychotic well known for its use in treating schizophrenia.  Recently, scientists have discovered that it is also a potential cancer treatment, particularly killing off cancer stem cells.  The drug specifically targets acute myeloid leukemia (AML) stem cells, and does not harm normal cells in the body.  Finding chemotherapy treatments that target only cancer cells and not ALL cells in the body greatly reduces risks of side effects, and also helps give insight on the mechanism of the cancer growth and how to control it.


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The SpaceX Dragon capsule made it's way to the International Space Station (ISS) this week,  historically becoming the first commercial spacecraft to dock at the ISS.
"By handing off space station transportation to the private sector, NASA is freed up to carry out the really hard work of sending astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before... investments [are] intended to lead to regular resupply missions to the space station and stimulate the commercial space industry in America. "
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Speaking of traveling "farther into the solar system", here is a great little video explaining exactly how scientists measure the universe:


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