NASA scientists have been trying to figure out a mystery dating back to the Apollo moon missions, according to the Mother Nature Network. They may be closer to understanding what causes a strange glow on the moon's horizon just before sunrise. Enter the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (LADDEE), NASA's latest moon probe.
LADDEE has just beamed back its first five images of the moon's surface. Think we've been there, done that? By understanding the very thin atmosphere of the moon, scientists are observing what they believe is the most common type of atmosphere in the solar system--exospheres. The $280 million mission began in November and will last a total of 128 days until the couch-sized spacecraft is expected to crash into the moon in April.
As for the mysterious pre-sunrise glow, it could be attributed to electrically charged dust particles in the moon's atmosphere. The verdict and LADDEE are still out.
NASA has more images beamed back from LADDEE.
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A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.
- Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
- Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
- All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
The history of the Geneva Conventions tells us how the international community draws the line on brutality.
- Henry Dunant's work led to the Red Cross and conventions on treating prisoners humanely.
- Four Geneva Conventions defined the rules for prisoners of war, torture, naval and medical personnel and more.
- Amendments to the agreements reflect the modern world but have not been ratified by all countries.
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