India Successfully Launches Its Heaviest Ever Rocket


India added another feather to its space-exploration cap on Thursday, successfully launching the country’s heaviest ever rocket from its Sriharikota base in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.

The 630-ton Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) MK III carried a capsule capable of launching two or three astronauts into space, the BBC reported. The rocket is also capable of carrying satellites weighing up to 4,000 kg, potentially allowing India to avoid reliance on foreign launchers for its spacecraft.

According to the Indian Space and Research Organization, the capsule “safely splashed down into the Bay of Bengal.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his congratulations, calling the launch “yet another triumph of brilliance & hard work of our scientists.”

Thursday’s achievement comes about three months after India successfully placed a satellite into Mars’ orbit, becoming…

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Photojournalism Daily: Dec. 18, 2014


Today’s daily Photojournalism Links collection highlights Melissa Lyttle‘s work from the tiny southern Caribbean island of Curaçao, which has become an unlikely breeding ground of major league baseball players. The autonomous territory, which is linked to the Netherlands, is twice the size of Brooklyn, and has a population of 150,000. But in baseball, it’s a giant: in 2014 alone, it had seven players in the MLB, making Curaçao the land with the most major leaguer players per capita in the world this last season. One of them, Didi Grigious, is likely to succeed Yankees legend Derek Jeter as the team’s new shortstop. Lyttle’s photographs capture a fascinating glimpse of the island; its notoriously rocky fields and future talent.

Melissa Lyttle: An Unlikely Source of Big Talent (The New York Times)

Lynn Johnson: The First Year (National Geographic)These compelling photographs document children’s early development.

Julian Röder: Mission and Task…

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How Calling Cancer a ‘Fight’ or ‘Battle’ Can Harm Patients


Using hostile, warlike metaphors to describe cancer may make patients less likely to take steps toward certain treatments, new research suggests.

The study, which will be published in the January issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, found that patients are less likely to engage in important limiting behaviors, like reducing smoking and cutting back on red meat, when researchers associated cancer with words like “hostile” and “fight.” In fact, the study shows that war metaphors do not make patients any more likely to seek more aggressive treatment.

“When you frame cancer as an enemy, that forces people to think about active engagement and attack behaviors as a way to effectively deal with cancer,” says David Hauser, who led the study. “That dampens how much people think about much they should limit and restrain themselves.”

In earlier research, investigators found that war metaphors can lead to…

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