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  • We spent most of today on the outskirts of Moscow at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center -- also known as Star City. This is the once top-secret facility where all cosmonauts have been trained since the beginning of the Space Age. Since crew members of all nationalities are now launched…
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  • Made it to Moscow

    Posted 10/17/2012 by Steven Lee | Comments
    We made it to Moscow safe and sound a bit after noon today.  Even our luggage arrived on time -- a major plus!  One major impression so far -- Moscow's traffic is amazingly congested!  It took us nearly two hours to reach our hotel from the airport.  Definitely not a place …
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  • Curator of planetary science Steve Lee has just embarked on a rare adventure to enter the once highly classified world of Russian space travel as a privileged guest. He and and a small group of Museum staff and guests will explore Star City, outside of Moscow, the premier training facility for…
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  • 2012 has brought two pivotal decisions for the publication of newly discovered species. Before, everything relevant to scientific names (nomenclature) had to be published on hard copy. From this year, species discoveries can be published in online journals. Electronic works containing new anima…
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  • What is life like on the other side of the world? This is the question that led me from Colorado to a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean. The country of Mauritius is nearly Denver's antipode, where you would end up if you dug a hole in Coors Field all the way to the other side of the E…
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  • Jesse H. Bratley image Jesse H. Bratley was born in Brown Town, Wisconsin in 1867. In 1893 he joined the Government Service to be a teacher. Over the next ten years he taught or presided at schools on several Indian Reservations, In the 1890s, Bratley introduced sub-irrigation methods, bl…
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  • Golden Eagle Fieldwork Museum staff Bailey, Niedrach, and Landberg took several field trips to nearby cliffs in Douglas and Weld County to study the golden eagle circa 1935. They suspended bird blinds to photograph the nest with young chicks.  Imagine using the bumber of this 1938 Ch…
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  • Check out today's NPR article, How The Smokey Bear Effect Led to Raging Wildfires: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/23/159373691/how-the-smokey-bear-effect-led-to-raging-wildfires
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  • By Nicole Garneau, PhD If you are a fan of Shakespeare you will have recognized this quote from Macbeth. If you are a fan of Bradbury you will have recognized this from his 1962 novel of the same name. Either way, the theme is clear--a storm brings conflicting natures. In the case of Bradbu…
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  • By Nicole Garneau, PhD This is going to sound like a "no duh" story, but trust me scientists are really only just getting started to understand how expectations about what we are about to eat can actually trick our brains into thinking something tastes good or bad, regardless of how it "rea…
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