NASA’s Big Moon News – The Atlantic

To a planetary scientist, discovering a new source of water does indeed count as major moon news. Scientists have never before detected the signature of molecular water—real, bona fide H2O—in a region that receives sunlight. Until now, scientists didn’t think water could survive in sunlit spots. “We thought that it would be lost” to space, says Casey Honniball, a postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the new study’s lead researcher. The scientists suspect that the water resides among grains on the lunar surface or within glass beads, the delicate remnants of surface-melting meteor impacts.

This discovery also could help NASA build its case for a visit to the moon. The Trump administration has directed the space agency to send astronauts to the moon by 2024 under the Artemis program, named after the sister of Apollo. (The choice has a double purpose:

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eAssist Dental Health Education Foundation Goes Over and Above to Drive Systemic Health | News

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — eAssist Dental Solutions, the nation’s leading provider of virtual insurance and patient billing services for dental offices, proudly launches its new Dental Health Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization on a mission to spread awareness of the importance of dental cleanings. This year COVID-19 has helped bring to the attention of the public the devastating impact of inflammation on the body. Specifically, that increased systemic inflammation – which can be caused by oral inflammation due to lack of dental cleanings – makes it easier to contract COVID-19 and harder to fight off. Moreover, inflammation is a precursor for diseases like diabetes and arthritis, heart and lung disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s, pancreatic cancer, stroke and others.

“Over and above serving our clients, all of us at eAssist want to leave a positive, lasting impact on the world,” said Dr. James V. Anderson,

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Education and the pandemic: How Winchester’s Preschool Social Academy adapted to COVID – News – Wicked Local

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On March 23, Kimberly Higgins had to do what all preschool directors in Massachusetts had to do – close her doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the months crawled by, staff was trimmed and the unknown of when — or if — her doors would reopen settled in.

But the preschool Higgins founded in 2008 – Winchester-based Preschool Social Academy (PSA) – was able to survive and now thrive despite the recent surge in cases. And Higgins credits the school’s learning philosophy for that.

“The pandemic has shown how important it is to be outside for children,” she said. “It’s harder for the virus to survive through the air outside and we are constantly sanitizing which has been huge.”

PSA uses Reggio-inspired

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Why California’s 4 million scorched acres is not all bad news

There’s no denying the tragedy.

Flames destroyed more than 9,000 buildings, many of them homes, but also restaurants, businesses and wineries. Countless wild animals were burned alive after being smoked out of their burrows.

The loss of trees is in the millions. Altogether, some 8,500 fires have seared a land mass the size of Connecticut. The August Complex Fire covered more than 1 million acres by itself.

But is there a silver lining to this unprecedented destruction? Can some good be found in what many are calling the worst wildfire disaster in state history?

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For better or worse, fire has always forged California’s landscape. But its effects have never been felt as frequently or intensely as they have in recent years.

“The climate is clearly warming, we know that, but it changes the playing field, it doesn’t really affect any single event,” says U.S. Forest Service regional

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CU Boulder Ranked Among Best Global Universities: U.S. News

BOULDER, CO — The University of Colorado Boulder recently was named one of the best in the world, according to a new ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Its 2021 Best Global Universities list ranked more than 1,500 schools in dozens of countries based on academic research and reputation.

CU Boulder, which was among hundreds of U.S. universities on this year’s list, was ranked No. 2 for Geosciences, No. 16 for Environment/Ecology and No. 38 for Physics.

Overall, the university ranked 59 on this year’s list.

Hundreds of U.S. schools made the 2021 list, and comprise a majority of the top 10 schools overall.

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Harvard University maintained its No. 1 rank, while Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in at No. 2. Stanford University and the University of California – Berkeley

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Fox News Legal Analyst Links His Downed Wi-Fi To Biden, Gets Mercilessly Mocked

Twitter users went to town on Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett on Friday after he appeared to suggest there was some nefarious link between his imminent filing of a column criticizing Democratic nominee Joe Biden and the disconnection of his internet.

Jarrett — whose tweets and articles President Donald Trump has shared on dozens of occasions — said he found it “odd, if not curious, that the moment I hit ‘send’ on my column […] my Wi-Fi service disconnected.”

“Never happened before. Probably just a coincidence,” he added:

“I’m sure it’s

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NASA Probe Leaking Asteroid Samples After Hearty Collection | Top News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) – The U.S. probe that collected a sample from an asteroid earlier this week retrieved so much material that a rock is wedged the container door, allowing rocks to spill back out into space, NASA officials said on Friday.

The robotic arm of the probe, OSIRIS-REx, on Tuesday night kicked up a debris cloud of rocks on Bennu, a skyscraper-sized asteroid some 200 million miles (320 million km) from Earth and trapped the material in a collection device for the return to Earth.

But images of the spacecraft’s collection head beamed back to ground control revealed it had caught more material than scientists anticipated and was spewing an excess of flaky asteroid rocks into space.

The leakage had the OSIRIS-REx mission team scrambling to stow the collection device to prevent additional spillage.”Time is of the essence,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator for science, told reporters. Zurbuchen said

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s Skewed Indictment of Wind Power | Political News


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s dismissal of wind power as a glitchy, pricey, bird-slaughtering way to make electricity is out of step with the times.

He slammed the technology in his debate with Democrat Joe Biden on Thursday night, falsely contending wind power is dirtier and far pricier than natural gas. Here’s a look at what he said:

TRUMP to Biden: “I know more about wind than you do. It’s extremely expensive.”

THE FACTS: No it isn’t. His point is outdated.

Wind-energy costs hit all-time lows as of 2019, averaging less than 2 cents per kilowatt-hour for newly built projects, making it increasingly competitive with other generation sources, according to a report by the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. “Land-based utility-scale wind is one of the lowest-priced energy sources available today,” the department says.

Wind and solar have become much

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The Dallas Morning News announces staff for its Education Lab

The Dallas Morning News is adding four staffers to its new Education Lab, building a team of journalists to expand the newspaper’s in-depth education coverage.

The Education Lab is The News’ most ambitious move yet into community-funded journalism, where coverage is supported by philanthropic funding.

“The mission of the Education Lab is to report the stories that help kids,” said editor Eva-Marie Ayala. “The stakes are incredibly high because if we don’t get education right, it’s not just one student who is let down but a whole family — a whole city. And we will spend generations trying to overcome those setbacks.”

“I’m excited about the Education Lab team because each journalist has a heart for kids. Their different experiences, perspectives and talents will deepen the reporting and storytelling that serves our communities.”

All four reporters — Talia Richman, Emily Donaldson, Valeria Olivares and Nicolette White — have strong ties

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Are the Great Plains Headed for Another Dust Bowl? | Smart News

A new study shows dust storms have become more common and more severe on the Great Plains, leading some to wonder if the United States is headed for another Dust Bowl, reports Roland Pease for Science. With nearly half the country currently in drought and a winter forecast predicting continued dry weather for many of the afflicted regions, dust storms could become an even bigger threat.

In the 1930s, the Dust Bowl was caused by years of severe drought and featured dust storms up to 1,000 miles long. But the other driving force behind the plumes of dust that ravaged the landscape was the conversion of prairie to agricultural fields on a massive scale—between 1925 and the early 1930s, farmers converted 5.2 million acres of grassland over to farming, reported Sarah Zielinski for Smithsonian magazine in 2012.

Hardy prairie grasses would have likely withstood the drought, but crops covering

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