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Apollo 11 at 50: NASA Is Streaming the Landing

  Buzz Aldrin descends onto the moon’s surface. Credit: Neil Armstrong/NASA Update (7/20/2019): Today’s the big day. NASA TV will live-stream the original moon landing and then, six hours later, the moon walk. Broadcast times on the YouTube channel linked below are 4 PM EST (for the Moon landing) and …

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Scientists Observe Molecular Motions in Real Time

An international team of researchers led by Brown University has used ultra-high-speed X-ray pulses to image subtle motions of a molecule of N-methyl morpholine. Vibrational motions of N-methyl morpholine. Image credit: Brown University. “For many years, chemists have learned about chemical reactions by essentially studying the molecules present before and …

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Study: Animal Visitation Programs Reduce Stress Levels in Students

A 10-minute college-based animal visitation program providing hands-on petting of cats and dogs provides momentary stress relief, according to a study published this week in the AERA Open, an open access journal of the American Educational Research Association. Pendry Vandagriff demonstrated that petting animals during a 10-minute, college-based animal visitation …

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NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity Seen from Space

NASA’s Curiosity rover was imaged on Mars on May 31, 2019, by the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera aboard the agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this image taken from space on May 31, 2019, by the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars …

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Matcha Tea Has Anti-Anxiety Properties, New Study Shows

In a study done in mice, a team of researchers at Kumamoto University, Japan, demonstrated that Matcha tea powder exerts strong and synergistic anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects, and that the activation of the dopamine D1 and serotonin 5-HT1A receptors contributes to such effects. Matcha tea. Image credit: Dung Thuy Vu Nguyen. …

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‘Shovel-Billed’ Dinosaur Roamed Texas 80 Million Years Ago

A new genus and species of primitive hadrosaurid dinosaur — named Aquilarhinus palimentus — has been identified from fossils found in Big Bend National Park, Texas, the United States. Aquilarhinus palimentus lived approximately 80 million years ago in what is now Texas. Image credit: ICRA Art. Aquilarhinus palimentus belongs to …

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Foot of Cretaceous Enantiornithine Bird Found Encased in Burmese Amber

The ancient bird, named Elektorornis chenguangi, lived 99 million years ago (Cretaceous period) and had a hyper-elongated third toe. An artist’s reconstruction of Elektorornis chenguangi, showing the possible probing function of the elongate toe. Image credit: Zhongda Zhang. Elektorornis chenguangi belongs to a group of extinct birds called Enantiornithes, the …

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