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EXPERT COMMENT: Supermoon eclipse

There is no actual change, simply the moon being closer to earth, appearing bigger and brighter. A total lunar eclipse will begin and coincide with a supermoon at 9:07 p.m. The moon does not completely disappear, but it does take on a reddish/rusty color. To tack on a third title, it will also be considered a harvest moon! A blood moon is caused by light refracting through the edges of Earth's atmosphere and illuminating the moon.

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Boffins make brain-to-brain direct communication breakthrough

Two researchers participated and a message was sent from one to the other in order to communicate when to move their hand at the right moment during a video game. The research team is also investigating the possibility of transmitting brain states such as sending signals from an alert person to an exhausted one, or from a focused person to a person with ADHD.

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Microsoft releases new version of Office

Office 2016 comes with new versions of the desktop apps for Windows , including Word , PowerPoint, Excel , Outlook, OneNote, Project, Visio and Access . In Microsoft Office 2016 you can simultaneously edit documents in Word - finally! The company also announced new and enhanced Office 365 services built for team productivity.

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Bees' tongues shrinking as flowers wilt

As climate change kills off some of their favorite flowers, several bumblebee species in the Rocky Mountains have responded to those losses by evolving shorter tongues. That evolution, it turns out, could be an important aspect of bee survival in the face of changing climates. The pattern seen here may predict future effects of climate change in other systems, the authors say.

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Lunar eclipse set for mid-Missouri Sunday evening

McCrady said this particular lunar eclipse occurred when the moon was at "perigee", or when the moon was at the closest point on its ellipse. As the full moon makes its closest approach to the Earth, it will appear only 14 per cent larger than normal, which will be barely perceptible to the naked eye.

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Super red moon on Sunday night

SpaceWeather (spaceweather.com) explains the red color by pretending you are on the moon: "Imagine yourself standing on a dusty lunar plain looking up at the sky". Though some observers are viewing the date with fear - calling the eclipse a " blood moon " - for astronomers and stargazers the event is to be welcomed with celebration.