International Space Station astronauts hang stockings and light a menorah for the holidays (images, video)

The crew of the space station celebrated a multidenominational Christmas this year, hanging stockings for Santa alongside a menorah “lit” with pretty felt flames.  The menorah was brought aboard the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli and adorned with a felt flame each night when Hanukkah, the Jewish festival, ran earlier this December. … Read more

Decoding Your Hunger During the Holidays

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. The holiday season is upon us, and with it, opportunities to indulge in festive treats. The proverbial saying “you eat with your eyes first” seems particularly relevant at this time of year. The science behind eating behavior, however, … Read more

Hubble Telescope gifts us a dazzling starry ‘snow globe’ just in time for the holidays

‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, both in your neighborhood and deep in space. To celebrate the festive season, NASA has published this composite image, which resembles something of a wonderland of Christmas lights — or perhaps a colorful snow globe.  The image’s subject is the billion-star-containing UGC 8091, an irregular dwarf galaxy located within the … Read more

Online COVID Wastewater Sites Can Help You Stay Safe during the Holidays

December 21, 2023 4 min read Here’s how to plan COVID-safer holiday get-togethers, using websites that show viral levels in wastewater By Betsy Ladyzhets Wastewater samples, such as these collected in San Jose, Calif., can show rising levels of the COVID-causing virus in a community. Since the start of the COVID pandemic, scientists have tracked … Read more

A Neuroscientist Explains How to Survive The Stress of The Holidays : ScienceAlert

Just as the shift to shorter days and colder weather can bring with it mood swings and other emotional challenges, the holiday season can also bring about somewhat predictable changes in mood and behavior. Around this time of year, many of us experience more stress, anxiety and frustration than usual. These stressors have been linked … Read more