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A desk in a certain professor's office with a note to someone named "Harry." (KLYQ Photo)
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Ravalli Museum Opens Harry Potter’s World Exhibit Thursday

The whole family is going to enjoy the Opening Reception at the Ravalli County Museum starting at 6 p.m. Thursday evening, December 20.

The exhibit is called "Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine

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December 13, 1972, the Lunar Rover camera caught the lift-off the Apollo 17 Lander. (YouTube/NASA)
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40 Years Ago – Apollo 17 Leaves the Moon

We've been remembering the last human visit to our Moon this week. For December 14, instead of a photo, we have video.

During the three-day stay on the moon for the Apollo 17 astronauts, they were watched on every moonwalk by NASA in Houston

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A few years ago, a satellite orbiting the Moon viewed the landing area of Apollo 17. (NASA)
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40 Years Ago – Apollo 17 Astronauts Continue Exploration

On this day in history, December 13, 1972, the Apollo 17 astronauts drove around the Moon on the rover, taking more samples and storing them in the lander. Then, they parked the rover so it could "watch" the liftoff on December 14th

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Harrison Schmitt on the Moon
Harrison Schmitt found a few outstanding boulders on the Moon. (Apollo 17/NASA)
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40 Years Ago – Day Two on the Moon for Apollo 17

The last two men to visit Earth's Moon used the Lunar Rover to cover some ground and visit interesting places near the landing site. Here (see photo) Harrison Schmitt is photographed by Gene Cernan next to one of the larger rock samples in Taurus-Littrow Valley

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Harrison Schmitt at the LEM on Apollo 17 - December 1972. (Apollo 17/NASA)
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The Final Manned Trip To the Moon Started Today – 40 Years Ago!

Yes, it was 40 years ago that a Saturn 5 rocket lifted Apollo 17 into orbit from Florida in the final visit to the moon by a human for 40 years.

The mission sent the craft to a rocky area of the moon and on board was the only professional geologist ever to visit that unexplored landscape - Harrison Schmitt

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Victoria Valley, Antarctica
The research field camp on Lake Vida, Victoria Valley, Antarctica. (courtesy of Desert Research Institute, Reno Nev.)
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Antarctic Study Co-Authored by Fritsen of Corvallis

Christian Fritsen, formerly of Corvallis, Montana, and a former post-doc researcher at MSU Bozeman, has co-authored a study on bacteria that live in an under-ice lake in Antarctica.

Fritsen, polar scientist John Priscu and Alison Murray of the Desert Research Insitute of Reno, Nevada, published the study this week in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

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Earth is barely visible under the sun at left. (Discovery/Youtube)
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Wanna See Something Cool? Relative Sizes of Earth, Sun and More

I run across these things every so often. The sun is huge, compared to our little planet.

But the Discovery Channel has a nice little(?) comparison that shows some real size. It's a little hard to wrap your mind around, but it deserves a look

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Discovers Superman’s Home Planet

Superman's home planet Krytpon isn't fictional anymore! Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has discovered the real-life counterpart to the planet that is so deeply embedded in the 'Superman' canon.

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10 Food Myths You Probably Believe

All too often we get carried away believing (or worse, repeating) everything we are told and don't spend enough time questioning what's actually been said. We've picked 10 very common health mantras you hear everyday and weeded out the worst of the lies, because we want you to eat all the avocados. All of them.

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The Real Life Science Behind James Bond’s Gadgets

In anticipation of the upcoming release of 'Skyfall,' the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, we've explored five of our favorite Bond gadgets and put them to the test of reality. It's every guy's (and probably girl's) dream to have their own real life Q and his accompanying gadgets. But how many of these are accurate portrayals of reality and how many are far-flung fantasies that belong on the big screen?

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