Can your birth month predict disease risk? – Interesting new computational study!! – and VIDEO!

Columbia University scientists have developed a computational method to investigate the relationship between birth month and disease risk. The researchers used this algorithm to examine New York City medical databases and found 55 diseases that correlated with the season of birth. Overall, the study indicated people born in May had the lowest disease risk, and those born in October the highest.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAUSESCIENCE! #1yearagotoday

CauseScience turns 1 today! Thanks to everyone whose visited, commented, re-tweeted, and liked our posts! Cheers!

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Here are some fun facts about our past year:

Happy 25th Birthday Hubble Telescope! – Celebrate with 25 amazing images and #science!!!

25 Images Celebrating 25 Years of Hubble

This year marks 25 years of amazing images and science from the Hubble Space Telescope.  To celebrate, we’ve assemble 25 images that represent both the beauty of the universe captured by Hubble and the important science realized by this wonderful telescope orbiting over our heads.

Flight to Star Cluster Westerlund 2

This visualization provides a three-dimensional perspective on Hubble’s 25th anniversary image of the nebula Gum 29 with the star cluster Westerlund 2 at its core. The flight traverses the foreground stars and approaches the lower left rim of the nebula Gum 29. Passing through the wispy darker clouds on the near side, the journey reveals bright gas illuminated by the intense radiation of the newly formed stars of cluster Westerlund 2. Within the nebula, several pillars of dark, dense gas are being shaped by the energetic light and strong stellar winds from the brilliant cluster of thousands of stars. Note that the visualization is intended to be a scientifically reasonable interpretation and that distances within the model are significantly compressed.

Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Bacon, L. Frattare, Z. Levay, and F. Summers (Viz3D Team, STScI), and J. Anderson (STScI)

Acknowledgment: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), the Westerlund 2 Science Team, and ESO

Happy Birthday Panda Triplets!! #awww

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For your daily does of cuteness, these extremely rare panda triplets (one female, two males) are celebrating their one month birthday and are in good health!

Panda’s are an endangered species that rarely give birth, and even when they do, oftentimes the babies don’t survive.  These triplets are thought to be the only surviving triplets currently alive.  Cute!