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On What Would Be JFK's 100th Birthday, The Words That Put A Man On The Moon

It was Sept. 12, 1962, when the world was gripped by Cold War fright and dueling ideologies grasping for the greatest of symbolic goals. President John F. Kennedy gave a speech at Rice University and used the moment to commit … Continue reading

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You've Never Seen a Photo of Jupiter – and Its Cyclones – Like This One!

Even if you’re not a fan of science, you’ve gotta admit this epic photo of Jupiter’s south pole is insanely cool. The close-up photo was taken during NASA’s six year Juno mission to Jupiter, and what the space agency discovered … Continue reading

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Rice Was First Grown At Least 9,400 Years Ago

Around ten thousand years ago, as the Pleistocene gave way to our current geological epoch, a group of hunter-gathers near China’s Yangtze River began changing their way of life. They started to grow rice. Remarkably, archaeologists have now unearthed bits … Continue reading

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Superintendent Jay Eitner Brings Local Science to Space

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ / ACCESSWIRE / May 29, 2017 / An experiment using eggplant seeds is taking flight all the way into space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The winning students designed the experiment, titled “Galaxy Eggplants,” which is … Continue reading

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Scientists find that smoking harms livers of unborn babies

The impact of cigarette damage to unborn babies has been revealed in a new stem cell study. Scientists found that the cocktail of chemicals in cigarettes is particularly harmful to developing liver cells. They developed a method of studying the … Continue reading

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Researchers test self-destructing moth pest in cabbage patch

Researchers in a New York cabbage patch are planning the first release on American soil of insects genetically engineered to die before they can reproduce. It’s a pesticide-free attempt to control invasive diamondback moths, a voracious consumer of cabbage, broccoli … Continue reading

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On the importance of political science blogging

Five years ago, I agreed to team up with Seth Masket, Gregory Koger, and Hans Noel to start a parties-focused blog. We wanted to focus on political parties as key institutions that help us understand the mysteries of American politics. … Continue reading

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First science data from Juno shows Jupiter is a complex and chaotic planet

first juno jupiter data pia More NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/John Landino Jupiter has fascinated sky-gazers for millennia but it wasn’t until we sent probes to the planet that scientists began to unravel its deepest secrets. Now, new scientific data from Juno, the most recent spacecraft … Continue reading

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130 million-year-old skull of unknown marine reptile species found in Russia

Pliosauroidea More Paleontologists have found the remains of an unknown type of pliosauroidea – an extinct marine reptile – that lived alongside the dinosaurs 130 million years ago on the bank of the Volga River in Russia. The skull of … Continue reading

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