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Happy New Year on Mars — NASA is Ringing in Year 37 for the Red Planet
Mars is ringing in its New Year a little earlier than Earth, and NASA's Perseverance rover is helping to celebrate by leaving behind two caches of material that will be used in a future sample return mission. This marks a milestone in the search for signs of ancient life on Mars, which will culminate in a joint NASA-European sample return mission in the 2030s. So break out your favorite celebration dance and rejoice in our ongoing exploration of the Red Planet!
Renewably Generated Electricity Surpassed Coal for the First Time in the US
Great news for renewable energy in the US! According to the US Energy Information Administration, for the first time ever, electricity generated from renewable sources exceeded that created by coal in 2022. This drop in coal-fired electricity generation, from 23% to 20%, was accompanied by an increase in wind and solar energy, which rose from 12% to 14%. Experts predict that this trend will continue, with further growth in renewable energy and decline in coal-generated electricity.
A New NASA Mission to Saturn's Moon Could Discover the Clues to Life's Origins
NASA's Dragonfly drone is set to launch in 2027 to explore Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Equipped with a full suite of scientific instruments, Dragonfly will be NASA's first interplanetary rotorcraft-lander probe, capable of flying several miles between geological points of interest on Titan's surface. Its mission is to test Titan's properties, atmospheric composition, and the chemical makeup of its differing liquid bodies. Scientists hope to find clues to the origins of life on Earth by studying Titan's environment and chemical markers.
New Research Shows Strong Friendships May Be the Key to Good Health
Good friends might have more to offer than just a laugh! A recent study suggests that positive experiences in relationships can decrease our stress, and improve our coping strategies and physical health. Research has found that connecting with your closest pals could even reduce your blood pressure under stress. So give a call or reach out to old acquaintances- you may be surprised by the joy it brings – not only emotionally, but physically too!
A Group of Puppies Are Recovering After Being Rescued From the Cold
Four puppies are recovering with love at a Winnipeg dog rescue group after they were rescued in the nick of time near La Salle! Covered in fleas and nearly frozen, these 18-week old pups were found snuggled up together in a box. Thanks to the Good Samaritan who spotted them and took them to Pembina Veterinary Hospital, they're now safe & cozy with their foster family while they receive the care they so desperately needed.
Scientists Have Created a Colorful Film That Help Keep Cars and Buildings Cool
Say goodbye to AC units & hello to bright, iridescent colors! Researchers just invented a plant-based film that uses passive daytime radiative cooling (PDRC) - no electricity needed; it gets cooler when exposed to sunlight. Plus, the scientists found a way for this eco-friendly material to come in all sorts of textures & vivid hues. Cool down buildings, cars and other structures without guilt—all with an easy installation process!
Five Planets Are Lining Up in the Sky This Week - Here's How to See Them
Get ready for a spectacular celestial event this week! Five planets including Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Uranus, and Mars will line up near the moon for a planetary hangout. The best time to see them is on Tuesday right after sunset, looking towards the western horizon. Although Mercury and Jupiter will quickly dip below the horizon after sunset, the remaining planets will stretch from the horizon line to around halfway up the night sky. You can catch this rare planetary view from anywhere on Earth, as long as you have clear skies and a view of the west.
These Triplets Defied the Odds and Broke a World Record
The three cheeky sisters from Bristol, Rubi-Rose, Payton-Jane and Porscha-Mae Hopkins, have made history! At just 2lb and 13oz at birth in 2021, these tiny triplets defied all odds as the lightest & most premature to survive. After an incredible 216 days in NICU, their parents said "the girls have come on leaps"! Now two years old, this amazing family are inspiring us all by sharing their story of strength and perseverance through TikTok along with showing what can be achieved when you lean on each other.
Scientists Are Bringing Us Closer to History by Decoding Ancient Scents
Smells evoke emotions and memories that shape how we perceive and navigate the world, and they are becoming recognized as an important part of heritage. Now, scientists are studying the sense of smell to reconstruct ancient aromas and learn more about how people used to live. They are using biomolecular approaches, such as chromatography and mass spectrometry, to detect residues left on ancient objects such as incense burners, perfume bottles, cooking pots and food storage jars, which can reveal the ingredients and scents of the past.
A Community Came Together to Pay Off the Lunch Debt for All Its Students
An inspiring story comes out of North Carolina, where a church congregation raised $23,000 to help children in their community pay off their school lunch debt. Pastor Dickie Spargo of City Church in Gastonia read a news article about the growing number of kids whose school lunch accounts remain unpaid and was moved to help. The funds raised will eliminate student lunch debt for the year for every school in the county and contribute towards paying off debt for the next school year.
Crash the One-Eyed Rescue Cat is This Year's Cadbury Spokesbunny
In heartwarming news, a one-eyed cat named Crash has become the first feline ever to win the Cadbury Bunny contest. The 8-year-old from Boise, Idaho was injured in a car accident, which left him with one eye. However, his outgoing personality and loving demeanor earned him the love of shelter staff and now the title of Cadbury's official "spokesbunny" for the year. As the winner, Crash will star in the 2023 Cadbury "Clucking Bunny" commercial and receive a prize of $5,000 for himself and $5,000 for the shelter of his choice.