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Criss-Crossing Lunar Transit

On Mar. 6, 2019, SDO observed a long lunar transit - with a twist. The shadow of the Moon in SDO's images first touched the limb of the Sun at 2200 UTC (5pm EST) on Mar. 6, making its way... Continue Reading →

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Giant neurons in the brain may play similarly giant role in awareness and cognition

There is no shortage of wonders that our central nervous system produces—from thought and language to movement to the five senses. All of those dazzling traits, however, depend on an underappreciated deep brain mechanism that Donald Pfaff, head of the... Continue Reading →

March 14,2018 (03/14/2018)

Einstein was born, Hawking passes away and it’s Pi day… What is Pi? Understanding pi is as easy as counting to one, two, 3.1415926535… OK, we'll be here for a while if we keep that up. Here's what's important: Pi... Continue Reading →

Perseverance Valley Panorama

Mars exploration rover Opportunity's parting panorama from Perseverance Valley spans 360 degrees in this false color mosaic. The scene is composed of 354 individual images recorded through 3 different color filters by the rover's panoramic camera from May 13 through June 10, 2018. A... Continue Reading →

Experiences of nature boost children’s learning

Spending time in nature boosts children's academic achievement and healthy development, concludes a new analysis examining hundreds of studies. Ming Kuo, associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois and lead author on the Frontiers... Continue Reading →

Highlights of the North Spring Sky

What can you see in the night sky this season? The featured graphic gives a few highlights for Earth's northern hemisphere. Viewed as a clock face centered at the bottom, early (northern) spring sky events fan out toward the left, while late... Continue Reading →

Understanding How Cues Drive Behavior

It’s a recognizable experience – you’re on your way to grab a healthy salad when you pass that familiar burger joint sign that elicits memories of greasy cheeseburgers, and suddenly you’re in line at the counter, adding fries to that... Continue Reading →

Billion brain links map reveals clues about how we think

Scientists have created an elaborate map of more than a billion brain cell connections, helping to shed light on how memories are formed and recalled. Their complex series of images are the first to illustrate how these vital connections are... Continue Reading →

Bekenstein-Hawking entropy

The Bekenstein-Hawking entropy or black hole entropy is the amount of entropy that must be assigned to a black hole in order for it to comply with the laws of thermodynamics as they are interpreted by observers external to that black hole. This is particularly true for the... Continue Reading →

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