Microwave-size spacecraft launches to test new orbit between Earth and the moon

Microwave-size spacecraft launches to test new orbit between Earth and the moon

The miniscule satellite, called a CubeSat, is about the size of a microwave oven and weighs just 55 pounds (25 kilograms), but it will be the first to test out a unique, elliptical lunar orbit. The CubeSat will act as a pathfinder for Gateway, an orbiting lunar outpost that will serve as a way station … Read more

Molecular Mechanisms Behind Learning and Memory Identified

Molecular Mechanisms Behind Learning and Memory Identified

Summary: Findings reveal the molecular mechanism for acetylcholine in learning and memory. Source: Fujita Health University Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) have lower levels of the neuromodulator acetylcholine (ACh) in their brains. Donepezil, an AD drug, increases brain ACh levels and improves AD-associated learning deficits. Now, researchers have identified the intracellular signal cascade through which … Read more

NASA’s CAPSTONE Mission Launches to the Moon

NASA’s CAPSTONE Mission Launches to the Moon

A small NASA-financed spacecraft launched from New Zealand on Tuesday, kicking off the space agency’s plans to send astronauts back to the moon in a few years. The spacecraft, called CAPSTONE, is about the size of a microwave oven. It will study a specific orbit where NASA plans to build a small space station for … Read more

6 extinct animals that used to call Colorado home

Colorado has dramatically changed over the last few geologic eras. One report from CU Boulder even suggests that 500 million years ago, Colorado had a coastal environment, making it a perfect home for a variety of different species to thrive. Today, Colorado remains known for its incredible range of species, but here are a few … Read more

Secret ancient Andean passageways may have been used in rituals involving psychedelics

Archaeologists have revealed a complex of hidden passageways and galleries deep inside the ancient Chavín de Huántar temple complex in the Peruvian Andes. The researchers think the network of chambers and galleries was used in religious rituals, possibly involving psychedelic drugs. It’s the first time in about 3,000 years that these particular hidden structures have … Read more