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V.25 No.35 | 09/01/2016

The Daily Word in Slave Labor, NASA and Honeybees

The Daily Word

A new study gives insight into treating anxiety disorders. Scientists determine that the key isn't simply lowering cortisol levels in the brain, it's lowering them in particular areas of the brain.

NASA always seems to be working on something mind-blowing and certainly larger than life. These days, it's a mission for a spacecraft called Osiris-Rex. Ever wondered what ingredients were involved in the making of the solar system? This spacecraft aims to follow a 500 meter, carbon-rich asteroid holding the answers.

Coffee is an essential component in many Americans' lives, but how much do you think about the origin of your precious roast? Not to put a damper on your beautiful, caffeinated morning but you can most likely thank slave labor for that latte.

Wake me up when the election ends.

I can almost smell musty pages and feel the buzzing yearning for knowledge from here.

In an attempt to kill mosquitoes carrying Zika virus, an aerial pesticide sprayed in South Carolina killed millions of honeybees. The sweet creatures crawled from their hives to escape the poison but died just outside the entrance.

It's bat season! Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to hundreds of bats that head to Mexico when the weather gets chilly (so, right about now). Before you take a road trip to watch them pour out of the caves at dusk, here's some info about these little winged creatures.

Would you run 8.8 miles to school every day while barefoot? This guy would (and did). Read about the importance of education to Uganda native James Arinaitwe, who gladly took the lengthy journey to learn in his youth.

V.25 No.26 | 06/30/2016

The Daily Word in Street Art, Prosthetic Limbs and Space

The Daily Word

Portuguese graffiti artists have taken their work to a whole new dimension.

After a five-year journey, NASA's Juno spacecraft arrived safely at Jupiter. The successful mission yielded a very happy team of engineers.

A town supervisor in New York is looking towards environmentally friendly ways to combat viruses carried by mosquitoes. More specifically, getting help from our nocturnal, vision-impaired friends. Have you thanked a bat today?

Australia's complicated voting system leaves citizens with no clue who won the election, 48 hours later.

Inspired by a generation of praising computer-like accuracy, scientists reevaluate child-rearing methods in a new book and discuss the importance of communication and encouraging questions.

Police departments in some cities are exploring the possibility of texting for help in situations where making calls might feel too risky.

A 9-year-old girl who was born without a right hand was given a prosthetic arm from students at Sienna College. Complete with a Frozen theme.

V.22 No.26 | 6/27/2013
Inside the space donut we call home
Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Science

Gone With the Plasmaspheric Wind

¡Viva la Science!

Researchers using data from the European Space Agency's Cluster spacecraft have found evidence that a “plasmaspheric wind” is releasing a kilogram (over two pounds) of plasma from the plasmasphere into the magnetosphere every second.

I swear you’re not reading an X-Men comic. Supervillains do not appear to be involved. Yet.

The plasmasphere is a region of dense, cold plasma that surrounds the Earth. Filled with charged particles, it’s shaped like a donut and forms the inner part of the magnetosphere, the area around our planet controlled by the magnetic field.

The existence of plasmaspheric wind was theorized over two decades ago, but it’s difficult to detect. It requires fancy instrumentation and detailed measurements of moving particles in the plasmasphere. Now, the four Cluster spacecraft have provided ion measurements from the plasmasphere that support the plasmaspheric wind theory.

We need to understand what’s going on in the plasmasphere because of its effect on things like satellites, GPS and traveling astronauts. Presumably, we also need to keep one step ahead of Magneto.

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Source: “Cluster spacecraft detects elusive space wind”