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Saturn’s Moon Enceladus May Harbor Life in Its Oceans

By , December 31st, 2015

First discovered in 1789, Enceladus is the sixth-largest moon of Saturn, a sizable distinction for a planet that has sixty-two known moons of which only fifty-three are officially named. Previous data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in 2005 showed “eruptions of water geysers” at the surface of Enceladus suggesting that the moon might have water beneath […]


Magnetic Brain Implant Allows Blind Mice to See, Maybe Humans One Day

By , December 31st, 2015

“Three Blind Mice” is an English nursery rhyme in which mice in their blindness run after a farmer’s wife who proceeds to cut off their tails. But as Sarah C.P. Williams writes in Science Magazine, recent research from scientists at the University of Tokyo might enable blind mice to never need to ask for directions […]


Pope Francis Calls Catholics to Act Against Climate Change

By , December 31st, 2015

Pope Francis has not been one to mince words or refrain from sharing his thoughts. In December, he accused the Curia (the senior governing group of the Vatican consisting of cardinals, bishops and priests) of suffering from “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and of “existential schizophrenia” though he did say that such problems pose a danger to all […]


Daylight Saving Time Is Ending

By , October 29th, 2015

Fall is a time of year that many people favor. One of the reasons for this is the end of daylight saving time (DST). Soon the citizens of the United States will have lighter mornings, cooler temperatures and an extra hour in bed each day. Itā€™s a refreshing time of year. When EXACTLY do clocks […]


Turkey Defied Daylight Saving Time

By , October 29th, 2015

People who live in Turkey are confused about daylight saving. Usually the country ā€œfalls backā€ like many others in the Eastern European time zone (EET) on the last Sunday of October. The country planned to change its clocks on Sunday, Oct. 25, but the Turkish government decided to postpone the changing of the clocks until […]


SMAP Is a Fraud

By , September 30th, 2015

NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive, SMAP, is a mission of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). SMAP launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on January 31, 2015. SMAP is an orbiting observatory that measures moisture in the top 5cm of soil everywhere on the Earth’s surface. It uses active and passive instruments to measure […]


Enceladusā€™ Wobbles Suggest Hidden Global Ocean

By , September 20th, 2015

Initially believed to be just a regional water body on the South Pole of Enceladus, the source of fine spray of water vapor, icy particles and organic molecules is in fact a major ocean covering the entire moon, a new study has suggested. Studying the tiny wobbles of Saturnā€™s moon, researchers at Cornell University and […]


$40 Billion of National Park Assets at Risk Due to Climate Change

By , June 24th, 2015

An anniversary is usually a cause for celebration. Gifts are exchanged. Happiness is spread. Memories are shared. The U.S. Department of the Interior has a different idea aboutĀ how it will mark the two-year anniversary of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Today, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released a report calling attention to the infrastructure […]


We Have Entered a New Period of Extinction

By , June 21st, 2015

You can probably guess with a good degree of certainty just which creatures were wiped out during the last mass extinction on Earth. That’s right: the dinosaurs. Well, to be more accurate, it was the non-avian dinosaurs that were wiped out. That happened about 65 million years ago and it appears as if our planet […]


Your Contact Lenses Increase Your Chance of Eye Infections

By , June 1st, 2015

If you wear contacts, you may be far more familiar than you’d like to be when it comes to eye infections and the costs associated with them. Even if you have been able to avoid such nuisances, according to a new study, it’s likely that your contact lenses are jeopardizing the health of your eyes. […]

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