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Boston Dynamic’s Spot gets a new arm! And look what it can do!

Spot is the quadruped robot by Boston Dynamics that climbs stairs and traverses rough terrain with unprecedented ease, yet is small enough to use indoors. Now engineers have added a robotic arm to expand on the robot’s capabilities and now the possibilities of what you can do with this beast are mind blowing. With the …

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Impossibly detailed views of Earth from space at night and day

Nothing makes me feel more connected to the rest of the human race than seeing the Earth from space at night. National borders vanish, and rivers of light unite our towns and cities into a single glowing tapestry. Just look at this incredible view of Europe, sparkling with artificial light:   Er, wait a minute. …

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NASA’s Curiosity Has Been On Mars For More Than 7 Years And Here Are Its 30 Best Photos

For us, mere mortals, Mars is a no man’s land where survival seems like a distant dream. After all, no man has ever walked on its surface (as far as we know) and plans to send one to the red planet are only in the early stages of its development. However, humans have touched Mars …

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The Unsung 3rd Member of the Apollo 11 Crew Reflects on the 50th Anniversary

On July 21st, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever set foot on the moon. The third member of the historic Apollo 11 mission was Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins, whose mission was to bring everyone home. In this animated Google Doodle, Collins reflects on the 50th anniversary of the …

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Artist Stitches 50,000 Photos Into One Incredible Composite of the Moon

Photographer Andrew McCarthy has created one of the most beautiful images of the moon you will ever see. Stitched and stacked from nearly 50,000 images of the night sky (taken on Feb 12, 2019), this 81 megapixel composite image of the moon is simply breathtaking. On reddit, where McCarthy shared the image he explains: This image was …

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25 Chemistry Experiments in 15 Minutes [TEDx]

In his TEDxNewcastle talk, Professor Andrew Szydlo aims to promote chemistry as the science of remarkable changes, which are often overlooked yet so important in our everyday life. Szydlo is an internationally acclaimed chemistry teacher and holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from UCL, and is an expert on the history …

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After 41 Years, Voyager 2 Has Just Entered Interstellar Space

Voyager 2 has fulfilled its fate to leave the heliosphere and become the second interstellar spacecraft after Voyager 1, according a statement from NASA. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. The Voyager 2 probe was launched on August 20, 1977, 16 …

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Big test coming up for tiny satellites trailing Mars lander

A pair of tiny experimental satellites trailing NASA’s InSight spacecraft all the way to Mars face their biggest test yet. Their mission: Broadcast immediate news, good or bad, of InSight’s plunge through the Martian atmosphere on Monday. Named WALL-E and EVE after the main characters in the 2008 animated movie, the twin CubeSats will pass …

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Cosmic Collision Forges Galactic Ring

How could a galaxy become shaped like a ring? The rim of the blue galaxy pictured on the right is an immense ring-like structure 150,000 light years in diameter composed of newly formed, extremely bright, massive stars. That galaxy, AM 0644-741, is known as a ring galaxyand was caused by an immense galaxy collision. When galaxies collide, they pass through each other …

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A 19-mile-long crack has opened up on the vulnerable Antarctic coast. What’s next?

Over a matter of days in late September, Stef Lhermitte watched via satellite as a new, massive crack formed along the edge of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. Just last year that glacier shed a Manhattan-sized slab of ice. But that particular iceberg was relatively small. Lhermitte, a geoscientist specializing in remote sensing at the Netherlands’ Delft …

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NASA’s Open Source Rover lets you build your own planetary exploration platform

Got some spare time this weekend? Why not build yourself a working rover from plans provided by NASA?  The spaceniks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have all the plans, code, and materials for you to peruse and use — just make sure you’ve got $2,500 and a bit of engineering know-how. This thing isn’t made out of …

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This Font Will Help You Remember Study Notes, According To Science

I mean, I’ll try anything. A font designed by psychologists and typography experts could be the answer to your study struggles. Sans Forgetica, a “fundamentally different” type-face, was revealed on Thursday by Melbourne’s RMIT University. Lecturer of typography at RMIT Stephen Banham said the font was unique, as its formulation demonstrated a “clear application of …

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Putting the Pillars of Creation Into Perspective

Pillars of Creation is one of the most famous photographs ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. In this amended version by reddit user TopalthePilot we get an appreciation for their amazing scale. Per Wikipedia: Pillars of Creation are elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula, specifically the Serpens constellation, some 6,500–7,000 light years from Earth. They are so named …

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World Map of Oceans and Shorelines

According to the USGS, about 71% of the Earth’s surface is water-covered with oceans holding about 96.5% of all Earth’s water. This inspired a series of maps in 1942 by oceanographer and geophysicist Athelstan Frederick Spilhaus which can be found in his book: Atlas of the World with Geophysical Boundaries Showing Oceans, Continents and Tectonic Plates in …

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Scientists make artificial Martian dirt, will sell it to you for $20

Scientists don’t expect to get their hands on Martian soil anytime soon, so they’re making their own. Created by University of Central Florida astrophysicists, this red soil, called Mars “simulant,” is designed to give researchers a useful approximation of the actual, far-off extraterrestrial soil. This might be especially relevant for testing the growth of crops, …

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