Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Everyone knows at least one kid these days who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Drugs are being prescribed to younger and younger children in an effort to make them focused and less disruptive to their schoolmates and families. It should be pretty well known that ADHD is a learning disability, not a personality disorder, but very little headway has been made in discovering the source of the problem, and the fear of misdiagnosis is something parents deal with all the time.
Two new studies this week have attempted to shed light on ADHD from different angles. Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley found that pregnant women who were exposed to certain types of pesticides were exponentially likelier to have children who develop ADHD by the age of 5. This doesn’t mean, however, that pregnant ladies should avoid fruits and vegetables. Just make sure to wash them to death.
A slightly more startling piece of research on the disorder comes from North Carolina State University and Michigan State University– it looks like the youngest kids in kindergarten, the ones who start early, can be up to 60 percent more likely to get an ADHD diagnosis. So kids who are simply immature compared to their peers may be getting drugged for it. Parents who want background information on ADHD and how it differs from ADD can use HelpGuide.
And: Did you know Tom Sawyer had a bit of an attention-span problem?
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.