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Get an Astronaut’s View Inside Orion

December 23, 2014 7:00 am | by NASA Videos Comments

New video recorded during the return of NASA’s Orion through Earth’s atmosphere this month provides a taste of the intense conditions the spacecraft, and the astronauts it carries, will endure when they return from deep space destinations on the journey to Mars.

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Top NASA Stories of 2014

December 22, 2014 8:33 am | by NASA Videos Comments

With 2014 marking the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic first step on the moon, NASA outlined plans for America's next giant leap in space exploration— to send astronauts to Mars.                                      

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This Year @ NASA, 2014

December 19, 2014 11:00 am Podcasts Comments

Here’s a look at some of the top NASA stories of 2014 Neil Armstrong-Apollo 11: “That’s one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind.” With 2014 marking the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic first step on the moon, NASA outlined plans for America's next giant leap in space exploration -- to send astronauts to Mars. To prepare for that leap, NASA stepped up development in 2014 of many game-changing technologies and capabilities.

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Tinsel Has a Rich History

December 19, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS Videos Comments

It's been a holiday decoration staple for decades, and it turns out that silver stuff hanging from your tree has quite a storied past. Tinsel has been made out of everything from real silver to lead.

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Holiday Decorations Light Up Space

December 18, 2014 7:00 am | by NASA Videos Comments

Satellite data shows that around many major U.S. cities, nighttime lights shine 20 to 50 percent brighter during Christmas and New Year's when compared to light output during the rest of the year. And, in some Middle Eastern cities, nighttime lights shine more than 50 percent brighter during Ramadan, compared to the rest of the year.

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Do Carrots Really Aid Eyesight?

December 18, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS Videos Comments

It's something your mother told you time and time again at the dinner table: "Eat your carrots, they'll help you see better!" So, was she right?

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Study Sheds Light on How Greenland’s Ice is Vanishing

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. at Buffalo Videos Comments

New research provides what the authors think is the first comprehensive picture of how Greenland’s ice is vanishing. It suggests that current ice sheet modeling studies are too simplistic to accurately predict future sea level rise, and that Greenland may lose ice more rapidly in the near future than previously thought.

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Research Yields Biodegradable Food Packaging

December 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Youris.com Videos Comments

Nowadays, most of food packaging is derived from petrochemicals and not always biodegradable. Moreover, consumers often find that there is more packaging than content. To address these problems, researchers are producing packaging made from PBS, which is based on vegetable biomass.

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Dogs Process Speech the Same Way We Do

December 15, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Victoria Ratcliffe, David Reby Videos Comments

Human speech is complex, communicating not only words but also tone, as well as information about the speaker such as their gender and identity. To what extent can a dog pick up on these different cues? Sometimes it may seem like your dog doesn’t want to listen. But, in a new study, researchers found that he may understand more than he lets on.

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World's Oldest African Penguin Underwent Chemo

December 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Colorado State Univ. Videos Comments

The world’s oldest African penguin, a Zoo resident named Tess, dove effortlessly into her pool this week and swam for the first time since veterinarians used specialized radiation to treat an aggressive form of skin cancer on the penguin’s face. Making her dip more meaningful, Tess represents an endangered species expected to vanish from the wild within two decades.

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This Week @ NASA, December 12, 2014

December 12, 2014 11:00 am Podcasts Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Orion is back! The hugely successful first flight test on Dec. 5 of NASA’s Orion spacecraft took it farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years – with people around the country keeping a close eye on its spaceflight.

Scientists Find Possible Signal from Dark Matter

December 12, 2014 7:00 am | by EPFL Videos Comments

Could there finally be tangible evidence for the existence of dark matter in the Universe? After sifting through reams of X-ray data, scientists believe they may have identified the signal of a particle of dark matter.

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App puts Chemistry in the Palm of Your Hand

December 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Beckman Institute at the Univ. of Illinois Videos Comments

A new app brings molecules to life in a handheld device. Through the app, people can use up to 11 fingers to examine in great detail more than 350 molecules, which they can also twist, turn and tie into knots.

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Researchers Visualize DNA Double-strand Break for First Time

December 10, 2014 7:00 am | by Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO) Videos Comments

Scientists have developed a method for producing biological crystals that has allowed scientists to observe, for the first time, DNA double chain breaks. They have also developed a computer simulation that makes this process, which lasts in the order of millionths of a second, visible to the human eye.

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Bioluminescence Assesses Fish Stocks

December 9, 2014 9:03 am | by National Oceanography Centre Videos Comments

Research is exploring a promising new method of forecasting bioluminescence, which may improve the monitoring of movements in the ocean, such as fish shoals and internal waves.

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