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National Drug Facts Week 2015 to begin Jan. 26
National Drug Facts Week, which brings together teens and scientific experts to shatter persistent myths about drug use and addiction, will be held Jan. 26 through Feb. 1, 2015. Ideas for community-based events, as well as success stories from previous years, are highlighted on the National Drug Facts Week Web portal. The fifth National Drug Facts Week is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Contact: NIDA Press Office
NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

Greenland's ancient temperatures revealed
Researchers studying the last deglaciation, when Earth's ice sheets were beginning to melt, now know more about the temperature of Greenland at that time, thanks to a new report. For years, studies have suggested that Greenland started warming up later than the rest of the Northern Hemisphere -- about 14,700 years ago instead of about 19,000 years ago, when the deglaciation began.

Contact: Science Press Package
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Cosmic forecast: Dark clouds will give way to sunshine
What lies in the space between stars? Where do cosmic clouds come from? And is a vacuum more than something your mum uses to suck up dust? This week's Space Scoop will answer all these questions, and it comes with a cosmic weather forecast!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
Leiden University

How tall are the ice sheets?
By bouncing powerful radar beams from a satellite, a German team of scientists have created very detailed maps of how the height changes across the ice sheets.

Contact: Barbara Ferreira
European Geosciences Union

Giant cosmic magnifying glass finds baby stars
Like Sherlock with his famous magnifying glass, astronomers use lenses to improve our view of the world -- they use telescopes. And very occasionally, they stumble across an amazing and rare cosmic phenomenon called 'gravitational lensing.' When this happens, a natural cosmic magnifying glass is created, boosting our vision of the universe allowing us to look at distant objects that wouldn't be visible otherwise!

Contact: Sarah Eve Roberts
Leiden University

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