While you are enjoying your Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Chanukah, look up and think about how some of our greatest gifts are free. The Christmas Tree Cluster is composed of bright blue stars in front of a red gas background. It was first discovered in the 18th century, but was captured again from the European Southern Observatory in Chile. The cluster is in the constellation of Monoceros, the unicorn, about 2,600 light years from Earth.
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Researchers have devised a machine that can analyze the flavor of coffee. With a built-in electronic taster, it can determine more than 1,000 substances that go into java’s aroma by studying its gases. So far the scientists feel that it can assess espresso as well as its human counterpart. Switzerland’s Christian Lindinger and his team will report their findings in the March issue of Analytical Chemistry. We can’t wait until they place one into a Denny’s and tell them that the coffee they use in pre-packaged containers are probably double the amount of grounds that they need.
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