Improving Atomic Vision

There’s a new way to catch and measure electron beams, that’s revolutionized electron microscopes. Instead of building an image based on the location of electrons, it detects the angles of each electron’s reflection. That means scientists can study molecular structures more clearly. They can even measure the bonds between atoms!

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Your Smile Lights Up the Room

A new study shows that expressing gratitude is good for you. Receiving appreciation also increases your well-being. It can be awkward for some people to give and receive thanks, but the warm feelings registered afterwards, overpower any discomfort. Write an e-mail telling someone what you value about them, and you’ll both feel happier!

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3-Day Weekends Forever

Perpetual Guardian, a company in New Zealand, has been trying out a new work schedule. Its 240 employees work only 4 days a week, but still get paid for 5. The results have shown that employees were more productive and committed, less stressed, and spent less time checking social media. They hope other businesses try it too!

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Solar Probe is Hot Stuff

In a few weeks, NASA will launch the Parker Solar Probe. The probe’s orbit will take it inside the Sun’s corona. How can anything withstand temperatures in the millions without melting? It’s because the corona has a low density, so all those sizzling particles don’t interact with the spacecraft at once! Fascinating!

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Gaze at the Sky Tonight

We celebrate Moon Day today because on July 20th 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon. Fittingly, it’s also Space Exploration Day! After eating a moon-shaped lollipop, for National Lollipop Day, challenge someone to a game of chess for International Chess Day!

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Yep, That Beach is Made of Poop

Hawaii has beautiful white sand beaches. But that sand isn’t created like most sand, which is just teeny-tiny pieces of polished rock. The white sand is actually ground up corral that’s been pooped out by parrotfish! The colorful fish eat corral. One parrotfish can produce 800 pounds of calcium carbonate sand per year!

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