Moonquakes

Moonquake data may help future lunar landings. The moon, long considered a dead world, may be more lively than we thought. The Science News website reports that seismometers left decades ago at the Apollo landing sites have detected thousands of moonquakes over the years.

Scientists believe the quakes are caused by faults mapped by NASA’s lunar reconnaissance orbiter. Eight quakes have occurred within some 30 kilometers of steplike cliffs on the lunar crust. Called scarps, the cliffs indicate that one side of a fault has pushed up or slid down.

The data suggests that the moon is still tectonically active. It also will help scientists pinpoint the best places for future spacecraft to land— and what sites to avoid.

Lofty Goals

A helicopter crash left Kirstie Ennis with spinal damage, a traumatic brain injury and a shattered left leg that would eventually be amputated above the knee.

However, Ennis refers to the day of her accident in June 2012 as her Alive Day because, though her life would change in many ways, she was still here to enjoy it. As she recovered from her injuries and began to rebuild her life, she found comfort and purpose in all the things she loved and could do.

She has since snowboarded in the Paralympics, walked across the U.K. in honor of wounded and fallen soldiers and even worked as a stuntwoman in the movie Patriot Day. She then set her sights much higher.

Ennis plans to be the first woman with a knee amputation to summit the highest mountain of each of the seven continents. Since 2017, she has conquered Kilimanjaro in Africa, Carstenz in Oceania, Iliniza Norte in Ecuador, and came close to finishing Everest, but had to turn back due to a shortage of oxygen.

Ennis believes that you are the only person who can determine your abilities and disabilities.

Dig Deep to Find Success

Most of the advice for success you find is familiar and predictable: work hard, be persistent, network, never stop learning and so forth. Here’s some advice from the Ladders website that may surprise you:

Know what you want. This is seemingly simple advice, but to make it work, you’ve got to ask yourself what you want. The first few answers will be superficial: “I want more money. I want a new car. I want a better job.” Dig deep to get to what you’re really looking for: “I want to serve others. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to help people find their inner strength.” Follow that goal.

Look at your crossroads. We all remember moments when we made a crucial decision that shaped the rest of our lives. Go back to one and explore it. Write down the decision in a few paragraphs, then consider the factors, emotions, events, and concerns that led to that choice. Would you make the same decision today? Why or why not? This will help you make better career and life decisions in the future.

Examine your history. Take a long view of your past. How did you end up where you are now? Who helped you? What activities consumed most of your time and attention? How have your dreams changed? A thorough understanding of where you came from will help guide you on your path to future success.

Back to School

The National Retail Foundation has been conducting its annual Back-to-School and Back-to-College surveys since 2003 and uncovered a few facts from math class:

    • More than half of all school supply consumers plan their shopping around online sales.
    • Men spend $115 more on average than women on back-to-college.
    • Shoppers spend more on back-to-school supplies than on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day combined.
    • Teachers reported spending $479 each on average and 7% reported spending more than $1,000.
    • Back-to-college drives the majority of spending: an expected $55.3 billion for this year alone.

Tiny Dino

When you think of the Tyrannosaurus rex, you probably imagine the giant predator reptile from the movie Jurassic Park and its sequels. Scientists have discovered an early cousin, though— one who was barely three feet tall.

According to the U.S. News & World Report website, the new species was uncovered in New Mexico. Dubbed Suskityrannus hazelae, based on a Native American word for “coyote,” it lived about 92 million years ago, long before the 9-ton T. rex appeared on the scene, and weighed about 90 pounds.

Other remains of T. rex’s ancestors are even smaller, but the recent find offers a fresh example of how these smaller dinosaurs evolved into the towering thunder lizards depicted in movies.