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APGDiscovery The APG Discovery Center is a new science center to open in 2022 in Harford County, Maryland. Come see what we're about: www.apgdiscovery.com

In 2017, APG is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Throughout the year, we will tell the story of the people of APG who worked to make the world a better and safer place through innovation. Among the technologies that trace their roots to APG are computers, the internet, sniffer dogs, gas masks, high speed photography, artificial respiration, and much more. The APG Centennial Celebration Association (ACCA), a 501(c)(3) and host of APG100.org, supports post leaders as they conduct a year-long observance of the Post’s founding through a schedule of programs and activities that raise public awareness of the history and global impact of the installation. ACCA’s long-term goal is to create a permanent APG Technology, Heritage, and Education Center (APG THEC) that will fill the void created by the movement of the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum located at APG to Ft. Lee, VA. Organizations large and small are joining forces with ACCA to bring this dream to fruition.

Operating as usual

"An overarching idea here is that, if a certain magic trick can fool both humans and animals, then we must share somethi...
09/22/2020
Why Scientists Should Use Magic to Study Animal Intelligence

"An overarching idea here is that, if a certain magic trick can fool both humans and animals, then we must share something in common in terms of our psychological, cognitive, and perceptual capacities."

https://gizmodo.com/why-scientists-should-use-magic-to-study-animal-intelli-1845090320

Scientists should use magic tricks to better understand animal intelligence and perception, argue a team of researchers in a new paper. The idea makes sense, particularly when humans and animals can be fooled by the same illusion.

"[H]uman infants showed a dramatic decline in the amount of REM sleep—the stage associated with reorganization—around 2....
09/20/2020
Researchers Say the Purpose of Sleep Shifts During the 'Terrible Twos'

"[H]uman infants showed a dramatic decline in the amount of REM sleep—the stage associated with reorganization—around 2.4 years old. Beyond this age, toddlers’ rely more heavily on non-REM sleep, suggesting sleep becomes primarily for repair...."

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-say-purpose-sleep-shifts-during-terrible-twos-180975867/

A multidisciplinary team offers up an exact age when REM sleep decreases

"Which behaviors were most effective at predicting the various dimensions of personality? ... [T]he number of nightly ca...
09/18/2020
Psychologists Can Now Predict 57% Of Your Personality Traits From The Way You Use Your Smartphone

"Which behaviors were most effective at predicting the various dimensions of personality? ... [T]he number of nightly calls was the best predictor of ...."

https://www.forbes.com/sites/traversmark/2020/09/16/psychologists-can-now-predict-57-of-your-personality-traits-from-the-way-you-use-your-smartphone/#46fce0e2fdec

A new study suggests that extraversion, conscientiousness, and openness are easier to predict than other personality traits.

Good news: Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have isolated a biological molecule that “compl...
09/16/2020
University of Pittsburgh scientists discover antibody that 'neutralizes' virus that causes COVID-19

Good news: Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have isolated a biological molecule that “completely and specifically neutralizes” SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and created a drug from it.

https://www.foxnews.com/health/university-pittsburgh-antibody-neutralizes-coronavirus

The antibody component is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody.

"The photos are 3,200 megapixels (3.2 gigapixels). Displaying one of them at full size would require 378 4K ultra-high-d...
09/12/2020
Scientists Tested Out the World's Largest Digital Camera on a Piece of Broccoli

"The photos are 3,200 megapixels (3.2 gigapixels). Displaying one of them at full size would require 378 4K ultra-high-definition TVs. The resolution is so high that a golf ball would be visible from 15 miles away...."

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camera-bound-space-telescope-takes-3200-megapixel-photos-180975758/

Soon, it’ll photograph the cosmos. But first, scientists used it to snap a highly-detailed picture of an ordinary vegetable

"From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday afternoon, former state Del. Pat McDonough has organized a flag waving tribute on Route 152 ove...
09/11/2020
Editorial: Harford offers ways to show we haven’t forgotten 9/11 | COMMENTARY

"From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday afternoon, former state Del. Pat McDonough has organized a flag waving tribute on Route 152 overpass over I-95. Volunteer firefighters and community organizations will be on hand. Park at the Park and Ride on Mountain Road."

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/harford/aegis/opinion/cng-ag-editorial-911-20200910-iqcnkjxur5ezza7bgsxe2zqd2u-story.html

It’s been 19 years since the 9/11 attacks that killed roughly 3,000 people, the deadliest single terrorist attack in history, and left countless others injured or suffering from long-term health problems, including a number of first responders. There will be several events in Harford County markin...

"The invention and widespread adoption of the wagon ... drastically increased a farmer’s productivity, and in doing so a...
09/09/2020
Who Invented the Wheel? And How Did They Do It?

"The invention and widespread adoption of the wagon ... drastically increased a farmer’s productivity, and in doing so altered the landscape.... The wagon changed entire economies, lifestyles, wars, and even languages."

https://www.wired.com/story/who-invented-wheel-how-did-they-do-it/

The wagon—and the wagon wheel—could not have been put together in stages. Either it works, or it doesn’t. And it enabled humans to spread rapidly into huge parts of the world.

"[W]e found a significant association between low vitamin D levels and the risk of Covid-19, with the highest risk obser...
09/08/2020
The link between vitamin D deficiency and Covid-19 in a large population

"[W]e found a significant association between low vitamin D levels and the risk of Covid-19, with the highest risk observed for severe vitamin D deficiency. [Taking liquid vitamin D provides a] significant protective effect...."

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.09.04.20188268v1

BACKGROUND Recent studies suggest a link between vitamin D deficiency and Covid-19 infection. In our population we observe major differences in Covid-19 incidence in ethnic groups and genders in each group. METHODS We carried out a population-based study among 4.6 million members of Clalit Health Se...

In the era of online classes...OUT: Snow days. ☃️☃️☃️IN: Distributed Denial-of-Service Days. 💻💻💻https://gizmodo.com/teen...
09/07/2020
Florida teen arrested after embarrassingly simple cyberattack on Miami schools

In the era of online classes...

OUT: Snow days. ☃️☃️☃️
IN: Distributed Denial-of-Service Days. 💻💻💻

https://gizmodo.com/teen-hacker-charged-with-paralyzing-miami-schools-in-em-1844968182

A Florida teenager allegedly used an embarrassingly simple program to launch a series of DDoS attacks that helped shut down one of the nation’s largest school districts for its first three days of virtual classes, the Miami Herald reported this week.

"The quantum internet will perform tasks that can be done faster on a quantum computer than on classical computers, or w...
09/04/2020
What is the quantum internet? Everything you need to know about the weird future of quantum networks | ZDNet

"The quantum internet will perform tasks that can be done faster on a quantum computer than on classical computers, or which are too difficult to perform even on the best supercomputers that exist today."

https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-the-quantum-internet-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-weird-future-of-quantum-networks/

Scientists around the world are working on a quantum internet to communicate by teleportation. But what is the quantum internet, when will it be ready, and who will be using it?

Tragedy of the commons:"In the old days, maybe one of 100 images couldn’t be used because of an interfering satellite. A...
09/03/2020
Satellite mega-constellations risk ruining astronomy forever

Tragedy of the commons:

"In the old days, maybe one of 100 images couldn’t be used because of an interfering satellite. Astronomers are now faced with the possibility that they might lose as much as two-thirds of their data to these satellite trails."

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/09/02/1007938/satellite-mega-constellations-risk-ruining-astronomy-forever/

There are some solutions that could soften the blow, but none will fix the problem outright.

"[Audiobooks can help you get fit.] It comes down to a technique called 'temptation bundling.' A University of Pennsylva...
09/01/2020
Books are good for your brain. These techniques will help you read more.

"[Audiobooks can help you get fit.] It comes down to a technique called 'temptation bundling.' A University of Pennsylvania study found that people who were only allowed to listen to a thrilling audiobook at the gym hit the treadmill more often."

https://www.popsci.com/read-more-books/

Want to kick off the New Year with a new habit? Reading is a great way to relax, strengthen your brain, and improve your health. Here’s how to fit more books into your life.

Because Gen IV nuclear reactors are designed to use nuclear waste for fuel. Also, they are designed not to melt down: "L...
08/30/2020
Bill Gates' nuclear venture plans reactor to complement solar, wind power boom

Because Gen IV nuclear reactors are designed to use nuclear waste for fuel. Also, they are designed not to melt down: "Levesque said the plants would reduce proliferation risks because they reduce overall nuclear waste."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclearpower-terrapower/bill-gates-nuclear-venture-plans-reactor-to-complement-solar-wind-power-boom-idUSKBN25N2U8

A nuclear energy venture founded by Bill Gates said Thursday it hopes to build small advanced nuclear power stations that can store electricity to supplement grids increasingly supplied by intermittent sources like solar and wind power.

"Public health officials, fearing that the confluence of Covid-19 and influenza cases could result in a “twindemic” that...
08/28/2020
Can You Get a Flu Shot Now? Yes, and Doctors Say You Should

"Public health officials, fearing that the confluence of Covid-19 and influenza cases could result in a “twindemic” that will further overburden hospitals and testing locations, are urging vaccination for nearly everyone."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/health/flu-vaccine-coronavirus.html

You could help prevent a “twindemic” of influenza and Covid-19, they say. Doctors have specific advice for people over 65, pregnant women and those with egg allergies. Here’s what you need to know.

"When called back to their owners, the dogs used two different methods for finding their way back from an average of 1.1...
08/27/2020
How Do Dogs Find Their Way Home? They Might Sense Earth's Magnetic Field

"When called back to their owners, the dogs used two different methods for finding their way back from an average of 1.1 kilometers (about .7 miles) away. About 60 percent of the dogs used their noses to follow their outbound route in reverse, a strategy known as 'tracking,' while the other 30 percent opted to use a new route, found through a process called 'scouting.'"

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-lassie-find-timmy-all-those-times-it-may-have-been-magnetic-180975414/

Our canine companions aren't the only animals that may be capable of magnetoreception

In contrast, Gen IV nuclear reactors use nuclear waste for fuel, can't melt down, and last 30 to 40 years or more."By 20...
08/25/2020
Solar Panels Are Starting to Die, Leaving Behind Toxic Trash

In contrast, Gen IV nuclear reactors use nuclear waste for fuel, can't melt down, and last 30 to 40 years or more.

"By 2050, the International Renewable Energy Agency projects that up to 78 million metric tons of solar panels will have reached the end of their life, and that the world will be generating about 6 million metric tons of new solar e-waste annually. While the latter number is a small fraction of the total e-waste humanity produces each year, standard electronics recycling methods don’t cut it for solar panels."

https://www.wired.com/story/solar-panels-are-starting-to-die-leaving-behind-toxic-trash/

Photovoltaic panels are a boon for clean energy but are tricky to recycle. As the oldest ones expire, get ready for a solar e-waste glut.

"I try to encourage men to form a ‘bubble’ or ‘pod’ with their household contacts, and to avoid contact with those who m...
08/24/2020
What Men Need to Know About COVID-19

"I try to encourage men to form a ‘bubble’ or ‘pod’ with their household contacts, and to avoid contact with those who may be exposing them (in crowds, travel, sporting events). The instinct of men to protect their families by adopting this behavior has been effective, and I make sure to tell my male patients to follow the recommended preventive measures if not for themselves than for the sake of their families."

https://blogs.webmd.com/mens-health/20200821/what-men-need-to-know-about-covid19

We talked to five health care providers about what might put men at higher risk for COVID-19 and what they need to do about it.

Johns Hopkins researchers show a COVID-19 vaccine will be easier to develop than flu vaccines and pre-existing condition...
08/22/2020
Johns Hopkins researchers retrace COVID-19's introduction, impact in D.C. region

Johns Hopkins researchers show a COVID-19 vaccine will be easier to develop than flu vaccines and pre-existing conditions may determine who gets sickest: "Despite observing genetic diversity in samples from the region, it appears to be clinically the same coronavirus.... Our data does not show a linkage between patient outcome and virus genotype."

https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/08/18/covid-19-genome-sequencing-study/

Study suggests multiple entries of the virus into the region but similar clinical presentation, an indication that there are not multiple strains of the virus causing disease of varying severity

Tomatoes from your garden or the farmers' market are one of the things that make Maryland heaven in August. Our favorite...
08/21/2020
35+ Ways to Use Tomatoes Past Their Prime

Tomatoes from your garden or the farmers' market are one of the things that make Maryland heaven in August. Our favorite is the recipe for heirloom tomato pie with Duke's mayonnaise. Roasting the tomatoes first is a great idea:

https://www.myrecipes.com/ingredients/vegetable-recipes/mealy-tomato-recipes

Sad but true: Not every summer tomato is sandwich or salad-worthy. Or maybe your perfect heirloom tomatoes sat on the counter one day too long and have lost their glory. Fortunately, there's a simple way around that: Taking your tomatoes that are past their prime and disguising their flaws by cookin...

"Rapid, daily, contagiousness tests for COVID-19 can allow us to safely reopen schools and the economy."https://www.rapi...
08/20/2020
Rapid Tests

"Rapid, daily, contagiousness tests for COVID-19 can allow us to safely reopen schools and the economy."

https://www.rapidtests.org/

Rapid tests can bring the virus under control. Ask your Governor to authorize rapid testing.

Good news for Aberdeen, MD: "Grover said the murals are meant to highlight the train station, giving it color and identi...
08/19/2020
Murals at Aberdeen Amtrak/MARC train station nearing completion

Good news for Aberdeen, MD: "Grover said the murals are meant to highlight the train station, giving it color and identifying it to those who may not know its location."

https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/harford/aegis/cng-ag-aberdeen-train-mural-20200818-7mfqkktlqndp7gqg33z4i67ra4-story.html

Two new murals at Aberdeen’s train station are approaching completion — an effort that has been at least a decade in the making.

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Did you know that high-speed photography was invented at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG)? That the first computer, the ENIAC, was created and operated at APG? That every bomb-sniffing dog can trace its roots to APG? How about the world’s first emails being sent via the ARPANet at APG?

Harford County has been home to some of the most brilliant minds in science and technology. Their inventions have changed how people live, work, and play around the globe. The APG Discovery Center leverages this brain trust for the benefit of the public, particularly our students who must be STEM literate to succeed today. The APG Discovery Center will serve as both a regional tourist attraction, drawing visitors from all over the CSSC/I-95 corridor, and as a nexus for the region’s STEM Education initiatives. This will be a place where students of all ages explore, experience, invent, create, and play with technology, leading them to a greater understanding of the scientific principles at play and the history of that technology’s development. In addition to interactive exhibits, the Discovery Center will offer after-school programs, maker spaces, and serve as an anchor for the region’s STEM activities.

The Board of the APG Discovery Center successfully advocated for and received state funding to launch Phase 1 of the Discovery Center – the "Preview" Center at the Aberdeen MARC Train Station. The Preview Center will serve as a visitor's center, work space, exhibit area, and will provide funders and visitors a small taste of what will be found at the permanent Discovery Center in 2022. Phase 1 will cost $520,000, to be covered by a combination of state and local grants, corporate sponsorships, fundraising campaigns, and donations.

Phase 2 of this project will result in the opening of a permanent Discovery Center with 10,000-SF of exhibit space, serving over 55,000 visitors each year, and costing approximately $2.7 million. In Phase 3, the Center will grow to 20,000 SF serving 100,000 visitors each year. These estimates are supported by a feasibility study commissioned last year.

The APG Discovery Center, a 501c3 founded to help replace the US Army Ordnance Museum that was moved to Fort Lee, VA in 2011, has a very successful track record. Last year the organization helped organize and conduct over 150 centennial programs and events, including establishing the APG Memorial in Aberdeen, and raised over $360,000 in grants and donations to support these programs.

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Hubble's Messier Catalog: "Whether their tool of choice is a sophisticated ground-based telescope, a decent pair of binoculars, or simply their naked eyes, observers hunting for Messier objects can use the data gathered from Hubble’s spectacular images to deepen their understanding of these 110 highlights of the night sky as they carry on the tradition of amateur astronomy. "The following pages contain some of the best images from Hubble’s Messier catalog taken thus far." To download high-resolution images, visit Hubble’s Messier Catalog on Flickr (click for the Flickr link and scroll to the bottom):
"Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up. Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster!"
Move over, monarchs. The painted lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui) now boasts the farthest known butterfly migration.
The ECBC 100th Anniversary Golf Tournament at Exton Golf Course on Thursday 5 October has 3 foursomes open. $30 each person includes the entry fee, and each person gets the limited edition golf towel and 2 ECBC 100th golf balls. Check in 7:30 am ... Tee off at 9:00am. Message me if you have questions or a confirmed foursome that arrives early.