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  • Why You Should Be Really Excited That Juno is at Jupiter

    Why You Should Be Excited About Juno

    On July 4, NASA's Juno spacecraft fired its engines for the 35-minute orbit insertion burn. The spacecraft's nearly five year trek to Jupiter ended and its orbital mission began. It was an ... More >
  • Watch This Aussie Build A Grass Hut In A Week

    Watch This Aussie Build A Grass Hut

    Some people are just out there to make us all feel unproductive. Youtube channel Primitive Technology has become quickly internet famous for showing how primitive structures were built, using ... More >
  • Could Vanishing Stars Be A Clue To Alien Life?

    Could Vanishing Stars Be A Clue To Alien Life?

    There are lots of ways to search for technologically advanced aliens. We can listen for them with radio telescopes. We can analyze the atmospheres of other plants to search for biosignatures, or ... More >
  • Explore an Infinite Library from Home

    Explore an Infinite Library from Home

    Appropriately called the "infinite monkey theorem", it's one of the more visually amusing demonstrations of statistics and probability. It has been attributed to Émile Borel in 1913, but ... More >
  • China's largest space launch vehicle, the Long March 7 flies, with a Technological Triple Whammy

    China Launches Long March 7

    On June 25, 2016, the Long March 7 rocket, China's largest space launch vehicle to date, blasted off from Wenchang, Hainan to a successful maiden flight. With a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) payload of ... More >
Amy Shira Teitel
at 09:30 AM Jul 19 2016
NASA
Space // 

Jerrie Cobb kicked off her black pumps and crossed her stockinged feet on the floor. It was an unusual thing to do during a public hearing before a special subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, but natural for Cobb. And it was a relaxed gesture that belied her stress. That July day in 1962, she was fighting tooth and nail to claim her rightful place in space alongside the Mercury astronauts.

Kate Baggaley
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
Joy Pollard, Gemini Observatory/AURA
Space // 

Astronomers have located water clouds around the coldest-known object outside the solar system, a brown dwarf 7.2 light-years from Earth.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
Nature // 

The Hawaiian volcano Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, gently spewing molten rock out onto the surface of the Earth.

Kate Baggaley
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
Science // 

Scientists have just given rodents' already formidable noses a boost. A team in New York City has genetically engineered mice that can pick up scents way below the concentrations normal rodents can detect. These “super sniffer” mice have extra sensors for certain smells, and could one day sniff out explosives, smuggled cargo, or illness.

Scott Brown
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
Flickr/Lorie Shaull

The Minnesota police may have been the real reason behind the removal of the Facebook Live video of Philando Castile's death on Wednesday, according to UK news site The Register.

Dave Gershgorn
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
J.p. Lawrence, via DVIDS

In the wake of post-protest shootings that left five police officers dead and seven others wounded, along with two civilians, police traded gunfire last night with a suspect inside a downtown Dallas parking garage. Eventually, law enforcement sent a "bomb robot" (most likely shorthand for a remotely controlled bomb disposal robot) armed with an explosive, to the suspect's location, then detonated the explosive, killing the suspect.

Ryan F. Mandelbaum
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
Science // 

Software engineer James Newman built a 16-bit Tetris-playing microprocessor the size of a room. It's thirty feet long and six feet high, weighs a thousand pounds, and cost $50,000 to build. Newman hopes the processor will find a new home where it can be used for educational purposes.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
NASA
Nature // 

We can see a lot from space. Satellite imagery has gotten to the point where saying that something is "big enough to see from space" doesn't really mean much anymore. But there are some things that still elude us, like the day-to-day tracking of small animals in real time from above our atmosphere.

Jeremy Deaton
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
NOAA/NASA RAMMB/CIRA
Nature // 

Typhoon Nepartak is veering toward Taiwan, delivering sustained winds upwards of 170 mph and waves over 40 feet high. The storm could be the most powerful to make landfall in almost half a century. Parts of the country will see more rainfall than New York City gathers in a year.

Xavier Harding
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
Xavier Harding
Gaming // 

The augmented reality game Pokémon Go has finally been released around the world on iPhone and Android. The title, created by Niantic with the help of the Pokémon Company, lets you walk around the real world to capture in-game pocket monsters.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Only a few nations have ever built stealth fighters. The United States dominates in that arena, with the retired F-117, the in-service F-22, and the soon-to-be-in-service F-35, but it's not alone. Russia and China are both developing stealthy fighters of their own, and several nations, including Israel and the United Kingdom, joined with the United States to develop and field the F-35. Japan is slowly joining the exclusive stealth club, and it might turn to an indigenously designed plane to do it.

Maki Naro
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
Science // 

Appropriately called the "infinite monkey theorem", it's one of the more visually amusing demonstrations of statistics and probability. It has been attributed to Émile Borel in 1913, but since that time, technology has advanced in leaps and bounds. Computers are now able to handle such fantastically impossible tasks, and it just doesn't make sense to have that many monkeys around. I do not envy the HR rep who has to give an infinite amount of exit interviews.

Ryan F. Mandelbaum
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
ESO/L. Calçada
Space // 

Imagine a planet, like Jupiter, but four times heavier. And it's got a huge orbit, maybe twice as wide as Pluto's. Oh, and it has three suns. That planet is real, and it's only 320 light years away. Meet HD 131399Ab.

Coby McDonald
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
Image courtesy of Karaghen Hudson
Robots // 

Nature-inspired robotics is a hot field these days. We've reported on robots designed to mimic cockroaches, salamanders, cheetahs, sea snakes, among others. Basically, if it's alive, somebody out there is trying to make a robot version. So a robot inspired by a stingray might sound like more of the same. Not so.

Meaghan Lee Callaghan
at 12:12 PM Jul 11 2016
Google / Screenshot

On her 155th birthday, Nettie Stevens is finally being honored with a Google Doodle, though it would have been nice for her to get a little more appreciation back in her time.

 
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