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  • NASA's Cassini spacecraft is about to get a taste of Saturn's rings

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft is about to get a taste of Saturn's rings

    It’s the beginning of the end. On Nov. 30, NASA’s Cassini mission will begin the ring-grazing final chapter of its career at Saturn, one that will end with the spacecraft’s terminal plunge into the gas giant’s unforgiving atmosphere. The second half of this chapter, in which the spacecraft will...

  • Pluto has a cold, wandering heart, and maybe a hidden ocean too

    Pluto has a cold, wandering heart, and maybe a hidden ocean too

    Scientists looking deep into the “heart” of Pluto have discovered more evidence that the dwarf planet could be hiding a liquid ocean beneath its icy surface. In two papers published this week  in the journal Nature, researchers say Sputnik Planitia, the bright left lobe of a giant heart-shaped...

  • Supermoon 2016: The brightest supermoon in almost 70 years rises tonight

    Supermoon 2016: The brightest supermoon in almost 70 years rises tonight

    An extra-super supermoon is rising this evening, and you don’t want to miss it. Tonight’s full moon will appear bigger and brighter in the night sky than it has in nearly 70 years, and all you have to do to witness its shining glory is look up.  “Supermoon” is a non-technical term for a moon that...

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  • Accepting more Facebook friend requests is linked to lower mortality, study says

    Accepting more Facebook friend requests is linked to lower mortality, study says

    Think online social networks have no bearing on your real life? Think again. Scientists who studied Facebook activity and mortality rates of registered California voters found that people who received many friend requests were far less likely to die over a two-year period than those who did not....

  • Neuroscientists show how tiny fibs snowball into big lies

    Neuroscientists show how tiny fibs snowball into big lies

    A little dishonesty goes a long way. Scientists who studied the brain activity of people who told small lies for their own benefit found that these fibs appeared to pave the way to telling whoppers later. The findings, published this week in the journal Nature Neuroscience, demonstrate how self-serving...

  • Here's the latest advice from pediatricians for managing your kids' screen time

    Here's the latest advice from pediatricians for managing your kids' screen time

    The American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines Friday to help parents manage their kids’ screen time. Here is some of their advice: Children under the age of 2 should avoid all digital media use except for video chatting via apps like Skype and Facetime. If you must introduce digital...

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